TEDxOxford 2016 Speaker Lauren Book

Lauren Book

Lauren Book 

Book, M.S. Ed, is an internationally respected and renowned child advocate, former classroom teacher and best-selling author. Lauren is also one of 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. today. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of child sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Lauren uses her personal experience as a vehicle to create change. She has worked alongside developmental psychologists and career educators to create the country’s first-ever Pre-K through grade 12 child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. For the last six years, Lauren has walked 1,500 miles across Florida to raise awareness about child sexual abuse and empower survivors, as well as advocate for new laws to protect children and serve survivors. Lauren has won multiple awards, including PEOPLE All-Star Among Us, L’Oreal Woman of Worth and is the recipient of a Congressional Medal of Merit. She is an EMMY nomiee and Gracie award-winning television producer. Ms. Book’s work has been featured on several news outlets including Al Jazeera and The Huffington Post. She currently serves as founder and CEO of the Lauren’s Kids foundation.


  1. It is difficult to know where to begin, Stacey. As with any law, there will always be differing opinions as to purpose, necessity and content; that said, the several for which Lauren and her Father have advocated over the past decade were enacted by countless local and state governing bodies, generally with overwhelming support. To suggest that the family and the foundation are driven to do the work they do because of emotional suffering, and by a lust for glory and monetary gain, is just preposterous. They do what they do to protect our children, period. Millions of us do what we do professionally based on what life has taught us; there is no shame in that. As for their “placing blame on all people who have been convicted of a sex offense…”, are you suggesting that those convicted are blameless? I am sure the Books agree that all families are important, but family members who violate the law are in no way without blame.

  2. The way Ms. Book and her Father, Ron Book continue to promote and base laws that are not evidenced based, nor conducive to public safety due to their emotional suffering, tells me glory and monetary gain are a significant reason for them to do such. Education is one thing, and is needed-they should simply stick to that. Why can the Book family not separate their anger from supporting laws which harm my family due to their placing blame on all people who have been convicted of a sex offense? It’s sad to me that they are incapable of realizing that my family is as important as their own and that every time they spew misinformation about sexual abuse and sex offenders, that they continue to harm many of us.

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