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Lauren Book
Lauren Book, M.S. Ed., is the founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing child abuse and healing survivors. Each year, Lauren embarks on a 1,500-mile statewide walk across Florida to bring awareness to local communities, support the life-saving work of children’s advocacy centers and sexual assault treatment centers, and advocate for legislative change.

Entries by Lauren Book

Ebola, Africa and the Fight to Protect Childhood

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 4:27 PM


It knows no socio-economic boundaries. Blind to race, gender and religion, it's infected thousands and infiltrated public consciousness like nothing in recent memory.

An ever-present topic in the news, trending on Twitter, conversation among friends revealing deep-seated, highly illogical fears.

I'm talking, of...

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Beyond Beliefs: The International Fight to Protect Childhood

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:35 PM

To protect our children, we need to have uncomfortable conversations.

"The Bible says a girl is a woman once she can bear children. If it bleeds it breeds...if it's age 11, then so be it."

"Age 12...because 12 is noon and after noon, anything is ripe for the eating."


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Progress Isn't Always Pretty

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:03 PM

Greetings from 30,000 feet. I am writing to you from an airplane (half-asleep, but what else is new?) en route to Birmingham for a meeting with a publisher and with any luck, a Lauren's Kids children's picture book will be coming your way soon. Within the last 40 days, I...

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Sawubona: We See You

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:35 PM

True surviving doesn't really begin until the abuse is over, when you're left to pick up the pieces. To heal. To look at what has happened and to decide for yourself: What's next?

I have spoken to this for years as a survivor who struggled with eating disorders and self-harm...

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Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen: The Culture of Disclosure

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Eleven days ago, the New York Times published an open letter penned by Dylan Farrow detailing the abuse she endured at the hands of her adoptive father, Woody Allen... and a media firestorm ensued.

It seems as though everyone in Hollywood has an opinion, from Barbara Walters...

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It's OK to Tell: The Power of Voice

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 3:00 PM

I will never forget the moment I said the words out loud: "My nanny, Waldy, has been forcing me to have sex with her since I was 11. And I want it to stop."

For six years, I lived in fear. I was a shell of myself. A captive in...

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