Walk in My Shoes

Why would YOU walk 1,500 miles?

2015 marks the sixth anniversary of Lauren Book’s 1,500-mile Walk in My Shoes journey across the state of Florida. Over the past six years, tens of thousands of Floridians, including thousands of survivors, have come out to walk with Lauren and show their support for her mission to end child sexual abuse and help survivors heal. Walk in My Shoes has given voice to an experience shared by 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys in the U.S. Armed with the knowledge that 95% of child sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Lauren embarks on a 1,500-mile “Walk in My Shoes” walk across the state of Florida to empower survivors, educate communities from Key West to Tallahassee and advocate for legislative change.

Since its inception in 2010, the statewide Walk in My Shoes has truly become a movement, with milestones including…

  • More than 6,000 miles logged.
  • Tens of thousands of walkers – including thousands of survivors – have joined Lauren on the journey.
  • 3,000+ local, statewide and national media stories.
  • Nearly two dozen laws changed to better support survivors and protect children and families.

As much as we’ve done and as far as we’ve come, there is still more left to do in the fight for a safer Florida.
Join the movement to protect childhood…come walk with us!

Questions? Contact us.


Final Mile Update, as of 4/14/15

Friends, the Walk in My Shoes has hit the Panhandle and we’re officially in the home stretch! With only a few days and a few hundred miles left to walk, we would like to thank each and every person who has helped make the sixth annual Walk more meaningful and impactful than ever before. With your help, we’re truly letting Florida know that “It’s OK to Tell,” and it’s OK to heal.

As you may know, there are some organizations that do not agree with Lauren’s Kids’ mission of preventing sexual abuse and healing survivors, or our work in the areas of education, awareness, and advocacy.

It has come to our attention that there may be a few members of these organizations who will be in Tallahassee on April 22 to host a peaceful protest in opposition to our advocacy efforts.
Lauren’s Kids will proceed with our powerful, celebratory, awareness and education-based events on April 22 with the full support of law enforcement. We look forward to lacing up our sneakers, donning our blue shirts and joining together to shine light in dark places in the name of protecting childhood. And we are looking forward to you standing — and walking — with us.

If you have any further questions, please contact Walk Director Anne Marie Hoffman ([email protected]) or Communications Director Claire VanSusteren ([email protected]).