|Published:||Mar 31, 2013 4:52 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fl. - You may have noticed a sea of blue walking along Summerlin Road Saturday. Hundreds took steps to raise awareness.
It was the 'Walk in my Shoes' event hosted by the foundation, 'Lauren's Kids' to help prevent child abuse.
Fifteen hundred miles, 30 plus days and four different pairs of shoes. Lauren Book says, it's numbers she's proud of showing her journey out of a very painful past.
"It's so important that people hear a story like mine so that they realize that they can to come out the other side," she says.
From the time she was 11 until she turned 16, lauren's was a victim of abuse from her live in nanny.
"The abuse went on 365 days a year, 7 days a week... aside from the sexual abuse, there as physical abusive, emotionally abusive, emotionally abusive and verbally abusive," she adds.
Lauren says she found hope, healing, and recovery, and it's a brighter path she's sharing with the whole state. She's walking from Key West to Tallahassee to raise awareness with her foundation, 'Lauren's Kids.'
"I cannot understand that people abuse children that are so innocent and cannot fend for themselves so I think that what we did today is just fabulous," says walker," Noelia Zabala.
Lauren's hopes this effort will also encourage changes to state laws and give older child abuse victims a voice.
"Let parents and children know that the resources are out there, to let school counselors know that the resources are out there," says former State Representative, Gary Aubuchon.
"Its not just about being a survivor, it's about being a thriver, it's not about being a victim, being a victor," Lauren adds.
Senator Lisbeth Benacquisto also joined the walk Saturday morning. They have been walking since March 19th and will finish their journey in Tallahassee on April 23rd.
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