“Your voice is your greatest tool. It took me six years to find my voice. Now, I’m on a mission to help other survivors find theirs.”
– Lauren Book
For six long years, beginning at age 11, Lauren Book was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her live-in nanny. During those years, Lauren lived in silent fear, a captive in her own home, until at age 16 she finally found her voice and the courage to disclose the abuse she had been suffering.
Ever since then, Lauren hasn’t stopped speaking out on behalf of the 42 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the U.S.
As a result of her activism, at age 18, Lauren succeeded in helping pass anti-abuse legislation in the Florida state legislature. Then, 4 years later, Lauren founded Lauren’s Kids as a way to turn her personal pain into advocacy, working to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help other survivors heal.
Through her work with Lauren’s Kids, each year, Lauren embarks on a 1,500-mile “Walk In My Shoes” walk across Florida to raise awareness of the issue of childhood sexual abuse and to support the incredible work of so many children’s advocacy and sexual assault treatment centers.
Lauren has also helped write the ‘Safer, Smarter Kids’ school curriculum that is being used around the world to empower children to use their voice and access help in any situation that makes them feel unsafe.
Lauren’s story shows the power of one voice to make a difference. Join Lauren and make your voice heard today.