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Jada Pinkett Smith recently spoke out on Facebook about Jada, a 16-year-old girlwhose horrifying alleged rape was mocked on social media. The 42-year-old actress, however, didn’t stop at Facebook to show her support for the young woman and raise awareness about sexual assault.

US Weekly reported that on July 20, Pinkett Smith shared a personal connection to young Jada’s experience with the press.

Speaking with reporters at a Television Critics Association panel, Pinkett Smith said that her own niece was given date rape drugs around the same time that Jada’s alleged attackers drugged and raped her:

My niece was given a date rape drug that weekend. She’s 20-years-old — thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her. She was safe because she was with a group of friends that realized — she said, “Oh, my God, I can’t feel my.. ” and she started 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.

Acknowledging that women are by no means at fault for such horrendous acts, Pinkett Smith encouraged young girls to be safe and smart in the wake of “an epidemic going on out here in regards to the treatment of women.”

Pinkett Smith described how she’s teaching her 13-year-old daughter, Willow, to be confident and assertive.

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