Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks on Sexual Assault Epidemic


Jada Pinkett Smith often lends her voice to societal issues that range from sex trafficking to marriage, parenting and life experience. She has strongly held beliefs and shares her views and worldly observations via social platforms.

A few weeks ago, the story broke about a Houston teenager, Jada, whose rape went viral and caused an uproar when people began mocking her and questioning her timing in telling her story. During the following weeks, social support sprouted for the young girl and the campaign #JusticeForJada began circulating.

Last week, singer/actress Vanessa L. Williams revealed during Oprah’s Master Class that she had been sexually molested by a woman. And Wednesday, news broke about a teen missionary who is currently being held on bond for allegedly molesting African orphans.

It’s sad.

Jada, the actress, recently used her platform to address the issue of rape and assault. During the FOX Television Critics Association (TCA) panel discussion to promote her upcoming series Gotham, she took a moment to speak about the epidemic of sexual assault and shared a recent experience. She told the audience about her 20-year-old niece that was given a date rape drug, but luckily was not assaulted.

“Thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her.” She added,”There is an epidemic going on out here in regards to the treatment of women. We have to figure out how we can empower people in different ways.”

In hopes of educating her teenage daughter with a first-hand account, Jada had her niece, along with a few of her friends, enlighten Willow about the situation.

We have a responsibility to speak up, educate one another and be leaders to generations that follow.  What are your thoughts on solutions?