Lauren Book, Lauren’s Kids’ founder and CEO, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her female nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help other survivors heal.
An official 501(c)(3) since 2007, Lauren’s Kids is based in South Florida and educates adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through in-school curriculum, resources for families, EMMY and ADDY Award-winning awareness campaigns, and speaking engagements around the country and the world. For nearly a decade, the organization also lead an annual, statewide “Walk in My Shoes” awareness walk across the state of Florida – 1,500 miles from Key West to Tallahassee. Since 2018, Lauren and the foundation have brought their trek to the rotunda of the Florida Capitol, walking non-stop over 42+ hours to honor the 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. today. The Foundation provides more than 10 million education and awareness materials statewide through direct mail every year, and has helped advocate for the passage of nearly two dozen laws to support survivors and protect children from predators. The ultimate goal is to prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.
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To prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.
Lauren’s Kids seeks to ensure that every child has the tools necessary to be the first line of defense against his or her own abuse through our “Safer, Smarter Kids” abuse prevention curricula.
Lauren’s Kids brings sexual abuse prevention to light through school curricula, Walk in My Shoes 1,500-mile journey, awareness campaigns and speaking engagements around the U.S. and the world.
Lauren’s Kids has made Florida a safer place by advocating for the passage of nearly two dozen state laws that protect children from abuse and provide support for survivors of sexual violence.