Scary! Jada Pinkett Smith's niece was given a date-rape drug

Jul 22, 2014 at 10:27 a.m. ET
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This is not the first time a celebrity has taken a stand against the injustices in the world, but Jada Pinkett Smith is passionate about lending her voice to raise awareness about sexual assault.

Earlier this month, the mom-of-two participated in the #JusticeforJada campaign, the tragic story of a 16-year-old Texan girl named Jada, who was raped and humiliated.

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"This could be you, me, or any woman or girl that we know," Smith wrote on Facebook at the time. "What do we plan to do about this ugly epidemic? #justiceforjada."

While what happened to the younger Jada is truly horrific, sexual violence against women is a growing problem and one that is closer to the The Matrix Reloaded actress' heart than she may have originally led on.

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"If you saw what I put on Facebook, you also saw that this could happen to any woman that we know and the unfortunate part is that my niece was given a date-rape drug that weekend," she revealed to Us Weekly.

"Thank god — she's 20 — so thank god that nothing happened, because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her, and with three of her friends. She said, 'oh my god I can't feel my…' she was losing consciousness. Thank god the people she was with put her in a room, closed the door, and she didn't come to for three and a half hours," Pinkett Smith continued.

The actress has a daughter of her own, Willow, 13, and instead of hiding what had happened to her niece, Pinkett Smith made sure her daughter knew all about the harrowing experience.

"I'm not a conventional parent, which I take a lot of pride in," she told the mag. "The first thing I had my niece do was sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience. I don't just sit with Willow and go, 'hey, this is what Mommy thinks.' Let me just bring in a little reality to validate what Mommy's been talking to you about."

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"What I do with Willow is I give her the opportunity to be empowered by having herself first," she continued. "Because when you allow a person to be an individual and you allow a person to have power within and have confidence on who they are, you'll never have to look into the eyes of a man and question whether it's a yes or a no. She's gonna be very clear: No. She's gonna be very clear: yes," Pinkett Smith continued.

"And she's gonna be in a position to be able to determine how to protect herself. Know when you're in danger. Should you be a girl that goes into a room with four men drinking. Should you? Even if you think you know them? Is this about wanting to be the cool girl or is this about wanting to set a standard for yourself?"

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