Jada Pinkett Smith Shows Support For Teenage Rape Victim Via Facebook
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A 16-year-old girl named Jada was the victim of rape and kids have been spreading the incident on their phones and social media. “Everybody knows. And everybody’s texting me are you OK? You’re going to be OK, and I was like alright.”
Now, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith wants justice for 16-year-old Jada. The 42-year-old actress posted a note on Facebook with the hashtag #justiceforjada. “This could be you, me, or any woman or girl that we know. What do we plan to do about this ugly epidemic? #justiceforjada.”
According to Jada, she passed out during a party after consuming a drink that she believed was spiked. She was then undressed and raped. Her attackers also videotaped the incident. Furthermore, they took pictures of her in different poses. Jada said that she did not know that anything happened to her until pictures and videos started showing up online.
This could be you, me, or any woman or girl that we know. What do we plan to do about this ugly epidemic? #justiceforjada
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) July 11, 2014
— PENNY PROUD (@ColorMeePink_) July 9, 2014
“I had no control, I didn’t tell anyone to take off my clothes and do what they did to me,” she said.
Right after her photos were spread online, students at her school and people online started bullying her and using the hashtag #jadapose.
— Dominique ♡ (@LoveeDomo_) July 11, 2014
— Milk&Honey (@BeautifulPainn) July 11, 2014
Jada’s mother said, “No one’s daughter deserved this. No human being deserved this.” Though rape victims are not required to identify themselves in news reports, Jada said that there’s no point in hiding her identity. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
Houston Police are still investigating Jada’s case.
Pinkett-Smith is not the only celebrity showing her support for Jada. Mia Farrow also showed her support by urging parents to teach their children about how serious sexual assault is. “Parents & Teachers it’s time to step up! Teach boys to respect each other and all girls and women #JusticeforJada,” she wrote.
Amidst all the controversy she is facing, Jada says that she hopes her story will bring her justice.