This week’s guest on “Florida NewsMakers” program produced by Sachs Media Group is Lauren Book, sexual abuse survivor and founder of Lauren’s Kids.
She sits down with Trimmel Gomes to discuss Florida’s crackdown on sexual predators. Just days before her fifth annual “Walk in My Shoes” journey across Florida, Book commends the Legislature’s swift action to strengthen laws protecting children.
“I think this year is one of the toughest on offenders, really serious when it comes to protecting the children and families of Florida,” Book said. The wide-ranging legislative package Book helped lawmakers draft attempts to close loopholes in the Jimmy Ryce Act, which can put sexually violent predators in civil confinement after they serve their prison terms. The bills also create a 50-year mandatory minimum sentence for those who rape children younger than 12, as well as senior citizens and the developmentally disabled.
“We can’t stop those bad guys from every offense,” Book tells Gomes, but “we can keep them away from our children as long as we can. But it’s also important to focus on prevention and education.”
The 1,500-mile “Walk in My Shoes” starts March 16 in Key West and ends April 22 on the steps of the Historic Capitol in Tallahassee.