Lauren Book

Lauren Book is an adult survivor of child sexual abuse and is the co-founder, along with her father, Ronald Book, of Lauren’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that works to create a world in which the exploitation of children is not tolerated.  Through their organization, the Books have worked to pass legislation in Florida to protect crime victims and end the cycle of future child abuse, including the nation’s toughest mandatory reports laws, protection of child safety zones, and elimination of statutes of limitations for criminal and civil prosecution of sexual crimes against children.  Lauren conducts an annual walk throughout the entire state of Florida to raise awareness about sexual abuse and to allow survivors an outlet to speak about their experiences.  In addition to her advocacy work, Lauren is committed to empowering children to protect themselves against abuse by teaching an in-school curriculum that provides children with the knowledge and tools necessary to act as the first line of defense against abuse.  Through an appropriation by the Florida Legislature, Lauren’s Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum was distributed to every public school kindergarten class in Florida.  Lauren has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to education relating to sexual abuse and for her work both within Florida and nationally.  Her memoir chronicling her years of abuse, It’s OK to Tell, sheds light on the truth about abuse and the healing journey that a victim must endure to become a survivor.  As a nationally renowned spokesperson and advocate for change, Lauren regularly comments on breaking national news and has been featured on hundreds of news outlets including Our America with Lisa Ling on The Oprah Winfrey Network, the Associated Press, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on CNN’s HLN and Maria Shriver Architects of Change.

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