Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education, Lauren sought to turn her experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors.
Lauren took her experiences with abuse, recovery, survival and advocacy to Inspirations for Youth Teen Addiction Rehab to inform the teens in recovery about finding light in dark places and pushing forward even when you don’t feel like you’ve got anything to give – “because the alternative is intolerable.” Lauren’s visit to Inspirations empowered the youth and give them tools they need to survive and thrive if ever confronted with sexual abuse.
Lauren’s organization educates adults and children about sexual abuse topics through an in school curriculum, a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and speaking engagements around the country. The organization also provides more than 4.5 million educational and awareness materials statewide through direct mail every year. The ultimate goal is to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.