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.
The walk begins at 8:30 Am. Walk to last approximately 4 hours but walkers can join in or drop out along the way (Walker responsible for their own transportation, water, snacks, and sunscreen). A Noon to 12:30PM downtown Orlando event TBD. Lauren’s story: Lauren Book, founder of Lauren's Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Lauren Book-Lim, daughter of noted lobbyist Ron Book, kept the secret from her parents for seven years, until she finally told a therapist at age 17. The nanny was arrested, and is currently serving a 25-year prison term, but Lauren and her family were determined to turn that nightmare experience into something positive. 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." Walk in My Shoes is an annual walk across Florida every April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) led by Lauren Book to raise awareness about sexual abuse and to urge those who have been abused that "it's okay to tell." Lauren's inspiring new book, It's OK to Tell: A Story of Hope and Recovery, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Walkers are encouraged to bring clothing items to benefit the client's served at the Victim Service Center's Sexual Assault Treatment Center. Needed items this year for women, men and children ages 12 & up: Sports Bras / Flip Flops / Walking Shorts / Women's Panties / Men's Boxers or Briefs / and Socks - The Victim Service Center will be collecting these items all month as part of their annual UnderAWARE Underwear Drive for the entire month of April.
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.
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