Lauren Book in Newsweek: Stranger danger, my a*s!

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Newsweek just posted this in-depth story about Lauren Book and her remarkable journey.

If you choose not to read her book, that is your choice.  I get it. But take 10 minutes and read The Predator Next Door.

If after reading it, you still choose to think this is not a serious woman or if you choose to think she is not a force of nature – someone who has walked through hell to get to where she is today – that is your own fault.

And if you choose not to take Lauren Book seriously, you do so at your own peril.

Without being the spoiler, let me give you one thing – one small but very important thing – Lauren is doing to change the world.

We all know what a sexual predator looks like, right?


Lauren is teaching kids, parents, and educators what social scientists have known for a while now. Sexual predators are not just Aqualung-like strangers (Does anyone remember “stranger danger”?) leering in the park or the creepy voyeur. These predators can be a neighbor or a friend or a relative or, yes, even a trusted nanny.

That cannot be easy for someone who was victimized for as long as she was.

It’s not light summer reading by any stretch, but if you read only one Newsweek article this season, read The Predator Next Door.

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