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