Ron Book

Lauren Book's ad screenshot

The sexual abuse survivor and advocate running for a state Senate seat just put out her first campaign ad.

Florida Departmenty of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

For a legislator, it’s a chance to help a worthy cause or send a message to the political base. But specialty license plates are flooding the market and Senate Republicans want to put on the brakes.

Florida Channel

Florida lawmakers advanced several bills Tuesday aimed at cracking down on the state’s sexual offenders. They’re part of a bipartisan package of legislation looking to address weaknesses in the Sexually Violent Predator Program.

Sexually violent predators are normally supposed to undergo an evaluation and could be recommended for what’s called civil commitment, where the offender is detained for treatment. But some were avoiding that process and committing new crimes, as in the murder of eight-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, who was killed by a repeat offender.

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National Sexual Assault Awareness Month is coming close to an end, and one sexual abuse survivor in Florida is hoping to spread awareness about sexual abuse prevention. Victims Advocate Lauren Book joined Governor Rick Scott, members of the Cabinet, and Florida lawmakers in the last leg of her fourth annual “Walk in My Shoes” Journey.

Hundreds of child advocates are at the Disney Boardwalk Resort for the next few days to talk about how to better serve child abuse victims. They’re participating in the “2012 Krimes Aganst Kids” conference, which encourages child welfare agencies and advocates to look at ways to enhance their practices so they can do a better job protecting children.

One of the conference speakers is Lori Allen, the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Panama City.