42+ hour walk will honor 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse
WHAT: Senator Lauren Book and the Lauren’s Kids foundation are hosting the second annual “42 Hours for 42 Million” advocacy walk at the Florida Capitol February 4-6. Some of the state’s top leaders will join Senator Lauren Book along with survivors, advocates, law enforcement, and community members in a 42+ hour walk to honor the more than 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse who live in the United States today. The three-day event will launch with a press conference, and the Historic Capitol will be lit teal both nights in honor of child sexual abuse awareness.
WHO: Attorney General Ashley Moody (walking at 4:00 p.m., Feb. 4)
Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (walking at 1:15 p.m., Feb. 4)
Senator Wilton Simpson, Senate President-Designate (attending launch)
Senator Lauren Book, Founder/CEO Lauren’s Kids Foundation (attending launch and walking each day and night)
Senator Tom Wright (walking at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 5)
Representative Melony Bell (walking at 10:15 a.m., Feb. 5)
Survivors of child sexual abuse, advocates, law enforcement and community members
WHEN: Press Conference and Event Launch
Tuesday, February 4
12:00 p.m. February 4 – 12:00 p.m. February 6
WHERE: Plaza Level – Governor’s Side
400 S. Monroe Street
Florida State Senator Lauren Book is founder and CEO of the Lauren’s Kids foundation, which works to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help survivors heal. She is also one of the 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. today. Book has been instrumental in proposing and passing human trafficking legislation that has proven to be critical in the fight against trafficking in Florida – especially in advance of hosting the Super Bowl. This year, she is again sponsoring legislation aimed at curbing human trafficking, in addition to bills to define the rights of survivors of sexual assault, eliminate the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse and allow survivors a one-year “lookback window” to prosecute expired cases, and more.