Lauren Book honored with Gracie Award for sexual abuse documentary

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Lauren Book, founder of sexual abuse advocacy group Lauren’s Kids, received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Interview Program by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.

The group recognized Book for a feature program about childhood sexual abuse. Also singled out were collaborators Michelle Ubben, senior producer, and Jessica Clark, associate producer, of Sachs Media Group.

Intimate Crimes: The Inside Story of Child Sexual Abuse is a 30-minute feature highlighting the issue of child sexual abuse, traps predators set, how to identify and prevent abuse, and what parents should do in the wake of an abuse report.

The program aired in 2013 on network affiliates throughout Florida.

“It is such a powerful message that a prominent organization like the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation would recognize efforts to reveal the horrible truths of child sexual abuse and work to prevent it,” said Book. “Gone are the days when our world ignores the reality of child sexual abuse – survivors are being heard.”

For six years, Lauren Book was a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a nanny. Since then, she has converted her experiences into a movement to prevent abuse. Her premise is that education can prevent as much as 95 percent of sexual abuse.

In December 2007, Lauren Book launched Lauren’s Kids to assist victims and help them to “shine a light in dark places” and “shed the shame.”

The documentary features exclusive interviews with an incarcerated pedophile, as he related his stories of coercion, becoming a thread throughout the program to teach parents on how predators take advantage of vulnerabilities and groom children and parents for abuse. The show also highlights five heart-rending stories of men and women abused as children, and explores the pressures keeping them silent.

Lauren Book was also recognized as the 2013 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth, a national program recognizing  women who selflessly devote their lives to causes at both the local and national levels.

Each year, 10 inspiring Women of Worth honorees receive $10,000 each for their cause, and a National Honoree, selected by public vote, is given an additional $25,000, to be awarded at a celebration event in New York City. Last year, Book was named National Honoree for her work spreading awareness about childhood sexual abuse through Lauren’s Kids.

To nominate a woman (or women) for the 2014 Women of Worth program, visit www.womenofworth.com before June 25.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.