*If you haven’t already checked out the new episode of “Red Table Talk,” host Jada Pinkett Smith welcomes child bride survivors for a heartbreaking talk about the lack of protection young girls can face.
In the Facebook Watch show, the 47-year-old actress, her daughter Willow, 18, and her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, 65, discuss the ramifications of forcing young girls into marriage — and how the practice continues to be legal in 48 American states.
“I don’t even remember being asked, ‘Do you want to marry this person? Should I call your mom?’” a survivor tells Pinkett Smith. “In the state of Nevada, they only require one parent to give consent in the form of a permission slip. My dad gave my consent for me.”
Here’s what a shocked Willow had to say:
“The thing that really baffles me is how is there no protection for these girls? If all you need is just one parent’s signature.”
Jada’s mom, Adrienne Banfield Norris’ reaction was …
“Well the expectation is that your parent is your protection. And if your parent is agreeing to it then…,” she said as she shrugged.
The survivor also said …
“I ended up living the majority of my childhood with my dad. He was a part of this strict religious group. As soon as I got off the plane, my dad basically sat me down and said, ‘You can’t have sex outside of marriage and you’re getting married.’”
She added she was completely cut off from her mother, who was unaware of the peril her daughter was in.
“I didn’t have any way of talking to my mom, I wasn’t allowed to talk to my mom,” she said.
Check out the rest of what goes down via the show above.