April: National Sexual Assault Awareness & Child Abuse Prevention Month


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April: National Sexual Assault Awareness & Child Abuse Prevention Month & Happy Birthday Lauren’s Kids! Celebrating 10 Years of Preventing Child Sexual Abuse & Helping Survivors Heal
National Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month - April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) & National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Did you know? • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will become a victim of child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday• 90% of the time a child is harmed, it’s at the hands of someone they – and their parents – know and trust• 75% of child sexual abuse survivors don’t tell for at least a year, 45% keep abuse a secret for at least five years, and many never tell anyoneBUT – 95% of this abuse IS preventable through education and awareness…and with guidance and support, victims can heal into thriving survivors.This April, Lauren’s Kids is teaming up with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence to bring awareness and education to the halls of the Florida Capitol. We’ll be asking Florida lawmakers and Capitol complex visitors to ‘Walk in My Shoes’ – the shoes of someone who has been impacted by sexual violence.
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From April 19-21, we will be hosting our ‘Walk in My Shoes’ display in the Capitol rotunda, featuring physical and paper shoes sent in by survivors of sexual assault and those whose lives have been affected by sexual violence, and education about prevention and survivor support.
Want to be a part of this project? Click here to learn more.
Lauren’s Kids 10th Anniversary
Voices: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse & Helping Survivors Heal
Lauren’s Kids is turning 10, and celebrating a decade of work to prevent child sexual abuse and help survivors heal. Check out some of our biggest milestones below, and consider making a contribution today to help us continue to make a difference for children in communities like yours.
2007 - Lauren’s Kids becomes an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation and opens the ‘It’s OK to Tell’ survivor helpline, operated by Lauren herself.
2010 - Lauren embarks on her first annual 1,500-mile ‘Walk in My Shoes’ journey across the state of Florida, from Key West to Tallahassee. Since this first journey, tens of thousands of Floridians have laced up their shoes to join Lauren and the Foundation on the road to advocate for prevention and show support for survivors. Walk in My Shoes 2017 schedule coming soon.
2011 - “It’s OK to Tell” is published, sharing an account of Lauren’s journey from victim to thriving survivor and advocate for change to let others know that “It’s OK to Tell” – and it’s okay to heal.
2013 - Following a change in reporting law spearheaded by Lauren’s Kids designating each and every Floridian a mandatory reporter of suspected abuse – with criminal penalty for failure to report – Lauren’s Kids launches the “Don’t Miss the Signs” public awareness campaign in partnership with the Florida Department of Children & Families to ensure Floridians know and understand the state’s new mandatory reporting laws and how to make a report.
2014 - Lauren’s Kids “Love & Healing” specialty license plates hit Florida roads, with $25 from each plate purchased going directly to education & awareness efforts in local communities
2015 - Lauren’s Kingdom is published, teaching children that “If you’re choking back tears, and your heart’s filled with fears, you know very well, It’s OK to Tell!” – a lesson that has saved countless lives.
2015 - Lauren’s Kids celebrates the successful passage of nearly two dozen laws to protect children and support survivors, including the elimination of the statute of limitations, the expansion of admissibility of courtroom therapy animals, termination of parental rights of sex predators, mandating each and every Floridian a reporter of suspected abuse, and more.
2016 - The Lauren’s Kids Safer, Smarter Schools curriculum spans Pre-K through Grade 12; the curriculum is currently being used in more than 65,000 schools across the country and the world to help children identify and avoid unsafe situations, and develop tools to seek help if they are being harmed.
2016 - Lauren’s Kids launches free resources for families: the Guide to Hope & Healing to help families navigate the time following a child’s disclosure of sexual abuse.
2016 - Lauren’s Kids launches another free resources: the Safer, Smarter Families resources for at-home safety learning.
2016 - Lauren gives a TED Talk at the University of Oxford in England about finding her “why” – and perusing change surrounding the issue of child sexual abuse.
2017 - Celebrating 10 years of prevention, hope & healing! - Thank you for helping Lauren’s Kids become all that our organization is today. Lauren’s Kids began as one woman humbly committed to making a difference…now, 10 years later, her mission has become a movement – and the work we’ve completed could not have been done without your support. THANK YOU for being a part of our team!
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A BIG thank you to Publix for their continued support of Lauren’s Kids, allowing us to continue our mission to prevent child sexual abuse and help survivors heal.
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