There are plenty of misconceptions about child abuse and who it affects, but one statistic remains constant; 95% of abuse is preventable through education and awareness. The annual Walk in My Shoes event is one of the most popular put on by Lauren’s Kids as it advocates the mission statement to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support. 2015 will be the 6th anniversary of the first walk and since then, thousands of Floridians have come together and made the 1,500 mile trek from Key West to the steps of the state capitol in Tallahassee in support of children all across the state. The walk brings together those seeking to improve legislation protecting children from predators as well as survivors who bravely share their stories in the hope that it will inspire others to find the same strength within themselves.
Supports and survivors alike can register or donate to the cause starting in January. The event takes place over 42 days during March and April, which are National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Anyone who has completed the walk in the past can tell you that the overall message is very simple; it’s okay to talk about it. Communication is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to keep children out of harm’s way and it is key to successful education and awareness. The theme for 2014 was “Why I Walk”, which encouraged participants to share their stories, whether they were supporting someone they care about or are a survivor of abuse themselves. The more we know about child abuse, the better chance we have of seeing the warning signs and taking a stand.
When people from all walks of life come together in support of one another, it creates a unique atmosphere of support, love and healing. The dedication of those involved is what makes Walk in My Shoes such a powerful and life-changing event. Knowing you’re not alone in the fight against child sexual abuse can go a long way in the healing process so find support with Lauren’s Kids today. Sign up for the walk or learn more by visiting https://laurens.wpengine.com/walk/ when you get a chance. Hope to see you there!