27 Empowering Messages From Sexual Assault Survivors

“My voice will not be silenced.”

Lauren Book is the founder of Lauren’s Kid Foundation, which educates adults and children about sexual abuse.

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After being sexually abused by her live-in nanny for six years, Book eventually told her boyfriend and parents.

Every year, Lauren’s Kids organizes something called “Walk in My Shoes” — survivors and advocates walk across the state of Florida to raise awareness about sexual assault.

Lauren’s Kids Foundation

“She walks during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to empower others to know that ‘It’s OK to Tell’ and it’s okay to heal from victim to survivor to thriver,” Claire VanSusteren told BuzzFeed. “When she reached the steps of the Florida Capitol on April 22, she walked 6,000 miles in the name of hope, healing and recovery.”

Here are 27 powerful messages from this year’s “Walk in My Shoes” event:

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Learn more about the “Walk in My Shoes” campaign and Lauren’s Kids Foundation.

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