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This Child Abuse Survivor Is Teaching Kids About The Importance Of Speaking Up

03/05/2015 04:42 pm ET | Updated Mar 09, 2015

After being sexually abused by her nanny throughout her childhood, Lauren Book overcame the traumatic experience. Now, she's dedicating her life to advocating for victims like herself.

The CEO of the Lauren's Kids Foundation and new author of Lauren's Kingdom joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss how the educational components of child abuse prevention programs can be improved.

"I think the most important thing we can do is educate our children in a safe, developmentally appropriate way," Book said. "We have a pre-K through grade-12 curriculum in Florida that the Lauren's Kids Foundation has rolled out in schools throughout the state talking about our private parts. I have private parts, you have private parts, even the president of the United States has private parts. But it's not okay for anybody to look at or touch your private parts unless you're hurt or you need help and you ask your mom or your dad, or you're at the doctor -- and who's with you when you're at the doctor? Your mom or your dad. Those are your special grown-up buddies."

Watch the full HuffPost Live clip above to hear more about Book's story and how she is working to protect other children from such experiences.

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