Being a parent of teens today consists of many challenges and obstacles. Talking to our teens about anything can be a struggle, however it is critical to your child’s well-being that you communicate with them about sexual assault, violence and rape. Talking about it can help prevent it!
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about educating students and others about preventing sexual abuse. The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexual assault and rape) and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
In South Florida, beginning April 2nd, 2010, Lauren Book-Lim, abuse survivor and founder of Lauren’s Kids, will lead a 500-mile walk across Florida -from Aventura to the state capitol in Tallahassee – to raise awareness for Sexual Abuse Awareness Month.
“This 500-mile walk symbolizes a survivor’s long, painful healing journey to shed the shame – a journey that requires love, support and understanding from family, friends and trained professionals.”
Lauren’s mission is:
“Lauren’s Kids“is the creation of child abuse victim, survivor and Elementary school teacher Lauren Book. The organization will help educate adults and children about sexual predators. Educational seminars and workshops will help create more awareness of sexual abuse laws, offer legal counsel and provide guidance on how and where to file complaints. The initial goal of “Lauren’s Kids” will be to provide round-the-clock counseling and guidance for victims through a toll free phone number. The ultimate goal will be to create a Crisis Center for Children and their Families coping with the aftermath of sexual abuse.
We applaud and commend Lauren for her dedication and strength to take a horrific situation and turn it around to help others. During this month of Sexual Assault Awareness, take the time to talk to your kids about it.
Be an educated parent, you will have safer teenagers.