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Senate promotes lobbyist daughter’s campaign to raise awareness for childhood sex abuse victims

by Dara Kam | April 8th, 2010

The Senate honored Lauren Book-Lim this morning, the daughter of powerful lobbyist Ron Book and a childhood sexual abuse survivor.

Book-Lim is trying to raise awareness about child molestation on a 500-mile walk from the Aventura home where her sexual molestation at the hands of her nanny began at age 10 and lasted until she was 17 to the Florida Capitol.

The Senate played a video of the 25-year-old Book-Lim talking about her non-profit organizaiton, Lauren’s Kids, as the usually brash Book, joined by his family, tearfully looked on from the public gallery.

The Books got kudos from Senate President Jeff Atwater and some of his colleagues, including Larcenia Bullard, a Miami Democrat who shared in the past that she was sexually molested by her father.

“I stand as one who has had that experience and I stand for others who have been afraid to speak out. I pray for Lauren that she will really complete her jouyrney because her journey has just begun. What she’s doing by speaking out, she’s helping so many others come to a point where they too will feel better about themselves,” Bullard said.

Since learning about his daughter’s abuse, Book has lobbied for harsher penalties for child molesters and has spoken strongly in favor of an effort to do away with the statute of limitations on child sex abusers, a proposal the Catholic Church has opposed for years and continues to fight.

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4 Responses to “Senate promotes lobbyist daughter’s campaign to raise awareness for childhood sex abuse victims”

  1. JGP Says:

    Years ago, liberal mental health “professionals” tried to convince the rest of society that child predators could be “rehabilitated” through therapy.

    The Catholic Church stupidly followed this theory and sent priests suspected of child molestation to therapy centers in places like Arizona, re-assigning the priests to other parishes after their “treatment”.

    What I find ironic is that some of the liberals that are among the harshest critics of the Catholic Church are some of the same people that promoted rehabilative therapy for sexual predators.

  2. Magister Says:

    Lauren is doing a wonderful work in her education efforts. I see that she is visiting many rape crisis centers and other places where victims of molestation go. That is needed so much. It is great for these people on their unasked for journey from victim, to survivor, to thriver to see someone like her who has a complete fulfilling life.
    I just wish she were being honored for her educational efforts and PREVENTION efforts. We want to STOP the molestation before it happens. To do that parents, teachers, children need to be educated on the red flags coming from ANYONE! Since over 90% of child molestation occurs at home (where Lauren’s did) by parents, caregivers, or close friends that are either first time offenders or first caught. These people will not be on any registry.
    It is also unfortunate that Lauren agrees with her father about residency restrictions which are wonderful for the people living in the restricted areas and horrible for every one else.
    It creates groups of homeless registered offenders who have nothing to lose. Homelessness and joblessness is also an incentive to just leave the area and go underground. Then NOONE knows where they are. Research after research tells us that residency restrictions are ineffective and cause much more harm than good. It was the laws that Ron Book lobbied for that put 100 men under the Julia Tuttle Bridge because they had no where else to live in Miami Dade. If a hundred research projects told you that doing X, Y, and Z would decrease the size of your lung cancer would you listen? Or would you listen to someone who was dying of lung cancer. Mr. Book is so full of hatred for anyone who has committed a sex crime that he cannot see past that hate to listen to the experts in the field.
    That is sad. His little girl was molested as a child, and has grown up. We still have many children living in our world that can benefit from PREVENTION. Indulging in one’s hatred does not prevent anything except progress.

  3. LGLPCI Foundation Says:

    The Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation is a newly formed nonprofit with a mission to help heal and support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse worldwide. We are actively seeking adult survivors who would be willing to post a childhood photo and caption, their story, or their creative expressions to our website http://www.letgoletpeacecomein.org. By uniting survivors from across the globe we can help provide a stronger and more powerful voice to those survivors who have not yet found the courage to speak out. Together we can; together we should; together we NEED to stand up and be counted. Please visit our site for more details on how you can send us your submissions.

    Thank you for everything you do!

    Gretchen Paules
    Administrative Director
    Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation
    111 Presidential Blvd., Suite 212
    Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

  4. penny4 Says:

    I have walked with Lauren and Ron, along with the rest of her family for my granddaughter and myself. I will be joining them on other parts of her painful, but healing journey. Until a few weeks ago, only a handful of people knew of my story, but now I will help Lauren spread the word and help heal those who are hurting and stop others from being abused. I WILL BE IN TALLAHASSEE ON APRIL 20th AS SHE FINISHES HER JOURNEY AT THE STATE CAPITAL! Keep going Lauren, I’ll join you as much as I can, both when you only have 3 other people walking with you and when there’s over 100.

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