Lauren’s Walk raised sexual assault awareness

Community Awareness Coordinator, Kim Brumfield, reported to the local Historic City News desk that Betty Griffin House in St. Augustine was pleased to host a portion of Lauren’s Walk on Saturday April 9, 2011.

A young woman who overcame years of physical and sexual abuse then worked to change Florida law to better protect the rights of victims walked through St. Augustine, as part of her 1,000-mile trek across the state for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Lauren Book, who endured childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny, launched the ‘Walk in My Shoes’ campaign to raise awareness about sexual abuse. She is joined by her family, friends and fellow survivors along the route. When Lauren and crew stopped in St. Augustine to visit Betty Griffin House, County Commissioner Mark Miner gave her a warm welcome and sent our group of 70 + supporters walking.

The walk throughout Florida began on March 19 in Key West and will end in Tallahassee on April 26, with a welcoming rally at the state Capitol. The walk aims to bring awareness to the issue of sexual abuse, promote changes in the law to enhance victim’s rights, educate parents and children about how to stay safer and encourages victims to speak out about their experiences.

Betty Griffin House is now in its 21st year, and the ONLY provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse in St. Johns County. We are working to eliminate domestic violence and rape in our community. For more information or to make an investment in our future generation for prevention visit our website at

If you or someone you know is being abused, please call our hotline at (904) 824-1555.

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