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Walk in My Shoes

March 22nd, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

A young woman who was sexually abused will walk 500 miles in the coming weeks to invite others to walk in my shoes. 25 year-old Lauren Book-Lim says she will take to the streets to bring awareness to sexual violence and as part of her own healing process.

My own abuse, in my home, occurred at the hands of a trusted caregiver, my nanny,” Lauren Book-Lim said. “Who was like a member of my family. She traveled with us, she loved us. Or so we thought. It started when I was 10 years-old, and lasted for more than six years.

Her father, Lobbyist Ron Book, is working to change sex offender laws to make sure offenders cant be near kids during the day. He says the abuse takes a toll on the entire family.

Until youve been a parent of a victim, until youve had a child who has been raped, molested, and beaten, urinated on and defecated on as a control mechanism, you cant walk in my shoes,” Ron Book said. “We want people to come walk in our shoes because we want them to understand that to end childhood sexual abuse in Florida and in this country, its about awareness education.

The 500 mile walk begins in Aventura on April 2nd and ends at the State Capitol on April 20th. To learn more, you can click on www.laurenskids.org.

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