Children’s Advocacy of Brevard joins special walk to fight sexual abuse


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Sen. Lauren Book, left, Children's Advocacy of Brevard board member Delores Spearman and past board member Peta Adovasio are excited about the upcoming Walk in My Shoes.

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Sen. Lauren Book, who represents District 32 in Florida, takes a special walk each year that is quite personal. This year, she will pass through Brevard County on Thursday, Sept. 14 during her annual 1,500-mile Walk in My Shoes journey across the state of Florida.

Book, the founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids, was the victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years by the family’s female nanny. Walk in My Shoes honors the survivors of sexual abuse in its quest to end child sexual abuse and help survivors heal on its trek from Key West to Tallahassee.

The Children’s Advocacy of Brevard and the Women’s Center will walk with Book during the Brevard portion of her journey to Tallahassee.

Book, a nationally recognized child advocate, has successfully advocated for legislative changes to protect sexually abused children, support their rights as survivors and enforce tougher penalties for offenders.

For those who want to participate in the walk, go to laurenskids.org/walk/register-today/. Enter your name and email information on the registration page, then click sign me up, scroll down to Brevard County and click to register as an individual or to join the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard's team or create your own team.

For information, contact Diane Scott of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard at 321-241-6610 or Claire VanSusteren of Lauren’s Kids at 786-288-5045. VanSusteren also can be reached at claire@laurenskids.org.