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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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Lauren Book headed to Florida Senate, wins SD 32 race unopposed

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Just call her an instant winner. Lauren Book won her Senate District 32 race Friday after no other candidate qualified for the race. A second Democrat, Emmanuel Blimie, had indicated he planned to run, but state records show Blimie did not qualify. “Having met thousands of people in the Senate district, listening to and learning about the things most important to them, I am incredibly honored and proud to now have the opportunity and to be allowed to serve the…

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Lauren Book keeps walking, fighting for child abuse victims

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Lauren Book has made this trip before. For the past seven years, Book has laced up her sneakers and walked across the state to raise awareness about child sex abuse. It’s a deeply personal issue for the Broward County resident, who endured sexual abuse for six years at the hands of a trusted caretaker. The annual “Walk in My Shoes” campaign kicked off in Panama City on March 2 and is scheduled to end on March 26 in Aventura. This…

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Lauren Book to discuss “finding your why” in Oxford TED Talk

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After walking thousands of miles on annual trips across Florida, activist Lauren Book tirelessly works to raise awareness of the heartbreaking problem of sexual abuse. On Sunday, the children’s advocate, author and current state Senate candidate will travel thousands of miles more – to Oxford University, in fact. Book is visiting England to give a historic TED Talk on her personal journey from child sexual abuse victim to child protection champion. In front of a worldwide audience of international media,…

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What I think I think about Lauren Book

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If you are the child of an extremely successful parent, you probably have things pretty good. Good for you. Chances are quite high that you likely have a fairly cush job (if you even work at all), a comfortable life and take advantage of all that your fortunate situation has handed you. Let’s face it; the children of the privileged class usually spend their lives in relative quiet, enjoying the finer things in life. There are legions of studies and…

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Mike Fasano announces $6,722 raised in May for Lauren’s Kids

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Pasco County’s Tax Collector Office raised more than $6,700 in last month to help prevent childhood sexual abuse through education and awareness. The county’s chosen charity in May was Lauren’s Kids, founded in 2007 by Lauren Book, who was a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a caregiver. Book turned her experiences into an opportunity to help other victims to find hope and healing. Throughout the month, all five branches of the Pasco County Tax Office promoted the Lauren’s Kids specialty…

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Following Richard McDade acquittal, Rick Scott signs child abuse recordings bill into law

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Just one day after Lee County man Richard McDade was acquitted on charges of a decade of child sexual abuse, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill that would have allowed into evidence reportedly damning secret recordings made by his accuser as a teenager. HB 7001, sponsored by the House Criminal Justice panel and state Reps. Carlos Trujillo, Jared Moskowitz and Ben Albritton, was promoted heavily by abuse victims’ advocacy group Lauren’s Kids — founded and chaired by Lauren Book,…

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