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Sex Abuse Survivor Lauren Book, DCF Give Summer Safety Tips For Parents, Kids

With summer just around the corner, that’s when many parents send their children to Summer Camp. But, Lauren Book says it’s important that parents arm themselves with information that can keep their kids safe from sexual abuse. Book is a sex abuse survivor, who partnered with the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide tips for parents.

“The most thing that parents need to be aware of is having open and honest communication with their children, talk to their kids about what they’re doing, who they’re meeting at camp, make sure that those camp counselors, those CITs are trained in some ways to stop the signs of abuse,” said Book.

She adds just because people are background checked, doesn’t mean your kids away at Summer Camp are necessarily safe. She says an offender or predator can harm as many as 117 children before they are actually caught.

“Parents also should know that they should be able to pop into wherever their children are, whether they’re at the YMCA or camp, have visits where you could just pop into see what’s going on, who’s around your kids, does everything look safe? Just to have those safeguards are in place, so we make sure your kids are having fun and staying safe during the Summer months,” Book added.

Book says to help with her summer safety push, her organization, “Lauren’s Kids” as well as the Department of Children and Families have launched a free online parent toolkit as well as interactive educational tools for youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit Laurenskids.org.

The summer safety push includes:

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.