Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education, Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors by starting Lauren’s Kids. Lauren’s Kids encourages victims to “shine a light in dark places” and “shed the shame.” Lauren’s Kids is based in South Florida and educates adults and children about sexual abuse topics through in-school curriculum, a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and speaking engagements around the country. Lauren’s Kids holds an annual, statewide “Walk in My Shoes” event, which brings together survivors and advocates on a walk across Florida to raise awareness and promote supportive legislation. Lauren’s Kids also holds annual fundraisers such as the Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino Golf Tournament and VIP dinner that raise funds for the organization. Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino are the TV broadcast voices of the Miami Heat.Learn more.
Join Prevent Child Abuse America in Jacksonville, FL from May 18 - 21 for The National Conference for America's Children! Take in lectures from world-renowned experts such as Dr. Bruce Perry and Robin Karr-Morse, participate in trainings and workshops on timely topics spanning brain architecture, home visitation, Adverse Childhood Experiences, organizational development and many more, and network with like-minded professionals equally committed to healthy starts for our nation's children!You won't want to miss this, and they don't want you to either! That's why they're announcing several cost-saving options today to help you make the journey to Jacksonville a little easier:
If you're willing to volunteer by monitoring workshops, they'll offer a $50 reduction in registration to the first 20 applicants! This is a great way to learn from their great workshops while saving a little bit on the bottom line.
The Early Bird gets the lunch! Register now to not only take advantage of their Early Bird registration rate (register before April 1!), but also to be entered into a contest to attend a private lunch with Dr. Bruce Perry! Save some money and give yourself a chance to chat with one of the most accomplished researchers in the world of infant mental health.
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The NIPSV is a three and one-half day course designed to challenge participants to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting sexual violence crimes. NIPSV explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors in balancing offender accountability and the impact of criminal prosecution on victims.
Prevent Child Abuse America will present the only national level conference devoted to prevention of child abuse and neglect.
For now please get these dates in your calendar and if you have any special registration needs or questions we can answer now please contact Greer Thornton, Conference Services Manager at 312.334.6817 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk in My Shoes 2011 will mark the second annual walk across Florida. Led by Lauren Book and the Lauren's Kids Foundation, the Walk raises awareness about sexual abuse and urges those who have been abused to speak up, because "it's always okay to tell."
The 39-day, 1,000-mile journey will begin in Key West on Saturday, March 19 and end on Tuesday, April 26 on the steps of the historic Capitol in Tallahassee for the Lauren's Kids Rally in Tally at noon. The Rally includes the final mile, Lauren's call to action and memories from the Walk, and statements from state and local leaders.
The Walk will end with a Rally in Tally on the steps of the historic capitol on Tuesday, April 26.
Walkers should meet at Governor’s Square Mall (near JCPenney/Macy’s, SW corner of Mall) 1500 Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26th
The entire group will walk down Apalachee Parkway for the final mile with Lauren and arrive at the steps of the Old Capital
The Rally in Tally will be held on the steps of the Old Capitol starting at 12:00 p.m.
The National Center for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce that the Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities National Training Conference will be held December 13-15, 2011, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grand Lakes in Orlando, Florida.
Practitioners from the fields of victim assistance, disabilities advocacy, and allied professions (i.e., law enforcement, adult and child protective service workers, faith-based practitioners, prosecutors, medical practitioners/forensic examiners, mental health practitioners, and educators) should attend this unique training and collaboration opportunity.
This conference will enhance the capacity of victim service providers and allied professionals to more effectively serve people with disabilities who are crime victims.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, the Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities National Training Conference is being organized by the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Sheriffs' Association, the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, and Davis Innovations, Inc.
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