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Lauren Book unveils display on resilience, triumph over sexual abuse in Capitol rotunda

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Child advocate and state Sen. Lauren Book‘s inspirational story will be featured in Sheryl Sandberg‘s newly launched initiative on themes of resilience through tragedy. On April 19, Book — a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who became an internationally renowned activist — will exhibit an installation decorating the Capitol rotunda, made up of more than 750 shoes worn and submitted by sexual assault survivors of all ages throughout Florida. The display will be up through April 21. Book also plays a…

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Bill would let rape victims testify by closed circuit TV

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Rape victims could be allowed to give testimony against their alleged attackers through a video recording, closed-circuit television or behind a two-way mirror under a bill that received its first committee approval Monday. The protections could be allowed if a judge determines a victim could suffer emotional or mental harm by testifying against an attacker who’s present in the courtroom. Current law allows the same provisions in violent crime cases for victims or witnesses under the age of 16 or…

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