It's OK to Tell by Lauren Book
A Story of Hope and Recovery

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Lauren Book, now 25, was 11 years old when her new nanny, Waldina Flores, joined the family. For the next six years Lauren endured daily sexual and physical abuse. “I was a people pleaser,” she says. “I was beaten every day…Waldy was very smart, like all predators are. She hit me and bruised me where my parents wouldn’t look. When you are 13 and 14 parents never look at their children’s stomachs or lower backs or butts or upper thighs.”

Lauren is the oldest of three children; her father, Ron Book, is a prominent Florida attorney and lobbyist. In 2002, after being encouraged by her boyfriend (now her husband), Lauren confessed to her therapist, who in turn called her parents. Her father fired Flores. She fled to Oklahoma and was arrested one month later while coaching a 10-year-old girls’ soccer team. While in prison, Flores wrote love letters to Lauren asking for money and ultimately was sentenced to another 10 years on top of the initial 15 years.

Since then, Lauren and her father have successfully mounted a legislative onslaught against predators; the many laws they are responsible for include the right to get 48-hour access to predators’ HIV test results, a ban on molesters from ever contacting their victims or families, passed legislation to create a statewide network of sexual assault treatment centers, and the controversial act that barred predators from living 2500 feet from public places where children gather such as schools, parks, and playgrounds.

Lauren’s memoir is a book about hope in the face of extreme adversity. While it deals with a tremendously sensitive and “dark” subject, the hope that it delivers to readers carries an everlasting positive impact. Her story will empower readers to address abuse issues in their own lives and move them to understand the resulting deep emotional matrix that results from abuse and the incredible power of an individual’s ability to recover and embrace life.

About Lauren Book

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Lauren Book was a victim and is now survivor of child sexual abuse. Because of her experience, Ms. Book founded Lauren’s Kids along with her father, Ronald Book, in 2007. Under Ms. Book’s leadership, the nonprofit organization works to prevent sexual abuse and help survivors heal. Lauren was born and raised in South Florida, where she resides and directs Lauren’s Kids. Lauren graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and creative writing. She is working on a master’s degree in community psychology and social change and nonprofit development at the University of Miami. Lauren has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to education relating to sexual abuse and for her work within the community. Among the many accolades she has received for her work was being honored as an “All Star Among Us” by People magazine at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Lauren was recognized for her commitment to raising awareness about sexual abuse. One of only thirty community activists honored, Lauren represented the Florida Marlins.
Published March 29, 2011 by Prospecta Press. 186 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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While she does include descriptions of a handful of disturbing incidents, she explains that the point is not to shock or upset, but to create an understanding of how a pedophile “grooms”, or prepares, his victim by introducing the abuse- and the resulting fear- slowly and then following it by com...

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