Driven to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse from her experience, Book founded Lauren’s Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, in 2007.
Under Ms. Book’s leadership, the organization works to create a world with Zero tolerance for children’s exploitation and child sexual abuse. Over her years of service to victims of abuse, Lauren has successfully advocated for the passage of more than two dozen state and national laws to protect victims and keep predators at bay. Including the nation’s most rigid mandatory reporting laws, child safety zones, and ending the Statute of Limitations for the prosecution of sexual crimes committed against children.
Book is an internationally recognized and distinguished child advocate, former classroom teacher, best-selling author, and Florida State Senator. She’s also one of 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. today
In addition, A former classroom teacher, Book developed the first-of-its-kind Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 abuse prevention and personal safety curriculum program. Safer, Smarter Schools provide children with the necessary tools to recognize safe and unsafe situations, avoid traps set by predators. In more than 90,000 classrooms – arming 2 million children with safety education each year.
Book is also an accomplished author, chronicling her years of abuse in her best-selling memoir, It’s OK to Tell, which sheds light on the truth about abuse and the healing journey a victim goes through to become a survivor. Her most recent Book, Lauren’s Kingdom, is a Publisher Weekly Award-winning children’s picture book that imparts this important lesson to children:
“If you’re choking back tears and your heart’s full of fears, you know very well, it’s OK to tell.”Senator Lauren Book
Who is At Risk?
- 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will become victims of child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.
- 1 in 5 children who touch a computer will be sexually solicited online.
- Child sexual abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions, and at all levels of education.
But 95% of this abuse is preventable through education and awareness. With guidance and support, victims can heal into thriving survivors.
How You Can Help:
Protect Florida’s Children: Get Your Lauren’s Kids Specialty License Plate Today!
The Lauren’s Kids “Love and Healing” Specialty License Plate, designed by artist Romero Britto, is available. This license plate is a symbol of hope and healing for the 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse. In the U.S., and $25.00 from each plate sold goes directly toward abuse prevention education and survivor.
By Julianna Portillo-Del Valle