Jada Pinkett Smith Worries About Her Kids When It Comes to Sexual Assault

"You just pray that you give your child that inner sense of strength and understanding that he or she has the right to say no and fight for it."

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October 26, 2018

While Willow Smith, 17, and Jaden Smith, 20, are all grown up, it doesn’t mean that mom Jada Pinkett Smith is letting go of her kids’ hands that easily.

We joined Jada at a special event in NYC for her talk show Red Table Talk, alongside her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, where Jada expressed worry for not only Willow being careful around potential partners, but Jaden as well.

“We don’t talk about this—but boys are taken advantage of,” she tells Parents.com. It's actually an issue she feels very strongly about and is currently waiting to get approval to discuss on her show. “A lot of men I know have been molested and raped—who are heterosexual men [that were] taken advantage of as children.”

For Jada, consent is extremely important, and she started teaching her children what it meant at a very early age. “Like no one should touch you against your will, and me always explaining to Willow specifically...and Jaden, not to be in places where you don’t feel safe.” (Willow still isn’t allowed to go over a boy’s house, and instead must bring them back to the Smith household).

It's about instilling a rhythm in a young woman’s mind about knowing to meet [potential dates] in a public place, explains Jada. “You just pray that you give your child that inner sense of strength and understanding that he or she has the right to say no and fight for it.”

Red Table Talk, which airs on Facebook Watch on Mondays at 9 a.m. PT, features Jada, her mother Adrienne, and daughter Willow as they hash out their feelings and share their stories. Since premiering in May, Red Table Talk has breached some serious topics. Previous episodes include: Adrienne opening up about her 20 year heroin addiction, and Jada’s present struggle with hair loss.

Season 1 of the show returned October 22 with guest star Will Smith to discuss his marriage with Jada and their almost-divorce. Let's just say unlike other talk shows, this one digs deep and prompts the women at the table (and viewers at home) to open up honestly about experiences that may be hard to talk about.

“Testimony is an elixir,” says Jada. “You can literally touch someone with your story so that they don’t have to go through that particular struggle you’re going through—they can know right away that they’re not by themself.”

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