On Saturday, March 19, Lauren Book will continue her 1,000-mile journey that began in Key West to raise awareness about sexual abuse, and will arrive in Aventura on Sunday, March 27th. Almost one month later, on Tuesday, April 26th, Lauren’s walk will end on the steps of the historic Capitol in Tallahassee for Lauren’s Kids Rally in Tally at 12 noon. This Walk in My Shoes, during Sexual Assualt Awareness Month, symbolizes a survivor’s long, painful healing journey to shed the shame, while encouraging lawmakers to pass legislation to support sexual abuse victims and prevent future abuse.
Whether you attend the event or choose to walk one block or one mile with Lauren and the group, the public is invited to join the Aventura Mall kickoff on Sunday, March 27th, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., in the Aventura Mall east Macy’s parking lot.
Due to the efforts of Lauren and those on the 2010 Walk, four legislative bills were passed in 2010 to protect sexual abuse victims; more than $190,000 in contributions were raised; more than 50 high-profile endorsements were secured with an additional 30 companies/associations and 49 local law enforcement agencies supported the campaign; and more than 75 state, national and international stories were generated. The mission of Lauren’s Kids is to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors of past abuse.
For information on Lauren’s Kids, go online at laurenskids.org.