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Lauren Book, now 25, was 11 years old when her new nanny, Waldina Flores, joined the family. For the next six years Lauren endured daily sexual and physical abuse. "I was a people pleaser," she says. "I was beaten every day...Waldy was very smart, like all predators are. She hit me and bruised me where my parents wouldn't look. When you are 13 and 14 parents never look at Lauren Book, now 25, was 11 years old when her new nanny, Waldina Flores, joined the family. For the next six years Lauren endured daily sexual and physical abuse. "I was a people pleaser," she says. "I was beaten every day...Waldy was very smart, like all predators are. She hit me and bruised me where my parents wouldn't look. When you are 13 and 14 parents never look at their children's stomachs or lower backs or butts or upper thighs." Lauren is the oldest of three children; her father, Ron Book, is a prominent Florida attorney and lobbyist. In 2002, after being encouraged by her boyfriend, Lauren confessed to her therapist, who in turn called her parents. Her father fired Flores. She fled to Oklahoma and was arrested one month later while coaching a 10-year-old girls' soccer team. While in prison, Flores wrote love letters to Lauren asking for money and ultimately was sentenced to another 10 years on top of the initial 15 years. Since then, Lauren and her father have successfully mounted a legislative onslaught against predators; the many laws they are responsible for include the right to get 48-hour access to predators' HIV test results, a ban on molesters from ever contacting their victims or families, passed legislation to create a statewide network of sexual assault treatment centers, and the controversial act that barred predators from living 2500 feet from public places where children gather such as schools, parks, and playgrounds. Lauren's memoir is a book about hope in the face of extreme adversity. While it deals with a tremendously sensitive and "dark" subject, the hope that it delivers to readers carries an everlasting positive impact. Her story will empower readers to address abuse issues in their own lives and move them to understand the resulting deep emotional matrix that results from abuse and the incredible power of an individual's ability to recover and embrace life.


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Lauren Book, now 25, was 11 years old when her new nanny, Waldina Flores, joined the family. For the next six years Lauren endured daily sexual and physical abuse. "I was a people pleaser," she says. "I was beaten every day...Waldy was very smart, like all predators are. She hit me and bruised me where my parents wouldn't look. When you are 13 and 14 parents never look at Lauren Book, now 25, was 11 years old when her new nanny, Waldina Flores, joined the family. For the next six years Lauren endured daily sexual and physical abuse. "I was a people pleaser," she says. "I was beaten every day...Waldy was very smart, like all predators are. She hit me and bruised me where my parents wouldn't look. When you are 13 and 14 parents never look at their children's stomachs or lower backs or butts or upper thighs." Lauren is the oldest of three children; her father, Ron Book, is a prominent Florida attorney and lobbyist. In 2002, after being encouraged by her boyfriend, Lauren confessed to her therapist, who in turn called her parents. Her father fired Flores. She fled to Oklahoma and was arrested one month later while coaching a 10-year-old girls' soccer team. While in prison, Flores wrote love letters to Lauren asking for money and ultimately was sentenced to another 10 years on top of the initial 15 years. Since then, Lauren and her father have successfully mounted a legislative onslaught against predators; the many laws they are responsible for include the right to get 48-hour access to predators' HIV test results, a ban on molesters from ever contacting their victims or families, passed legislation to create a statewide network of sexual assault treatment centers, and the controversial act that barred predators from living 2500 feet from public places where children gather such as schools, parks, and playgrounds. Lauren's memoir is a book about hope in the face of extreme adversity. While it deals with a tremendously sensitive and "dark" subject, the hope that it delivers to readers carries an everlasting positive impact. Her story will empower readers to address abuse issues in their own lives and move them to understand the resulting deep emotional matrix that results from abuse and the incredible power of an individual's ability to recover and embrace life.

30 review for It's Ok to Tell: A Story of Hope and Recovery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Mundy

    This is a true story about Lauren Book, a 11 year old girl who was sexually, physically, and mentally abused by her nanny, Waldina Flores, for five years. She endured extreme abuse at the hands of this awful woman including rape, beatings, and torment. Finally at the age of 17, with the support of her boyfriend, Lauren gets the courage to speak out against her abuser. Her father then fired Flores who fled to Oklahoma. Later Flores was arrested and tried and sentenced a life in prison. Lauren and This is a true story about Lauren Book, a 11 year old girl who was sexually, physically, and mentally abused by her nanny, Waldina Flores, for five years. She endured extreme abuse at the hands of this awful woman including rape, beatings, and torment. Finally at the age of 17, with the support of her boyfriend, Lauren gets the courage to speak out against her abuser. Her father then fired Flores who fled to Oklahoma. Later Flores was arrested and tried and sentenced a life in prison. Lauren and her father have fought and succeeded in passing laws to protect innocent victims of child abuse. She helped pass a law eliminating the statute of limitations for victims of child abuse under the age of 16. She has also founded Lauren's Kids to educate and prevent child abuse and let others know that it's OK to tell. There are more than 39 million survivors of sexual abuse in America. OMG! 1 in 3 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. 1 in 5 children are sexually solicited while on the internet before the age of 18. 30% of sexual abuse is never reported. I read this whole book in less than 3 hours as I was completely enthralled by it. Through most of it, I had tears streaming down my face at the sheer shock and horror of what happened to this girl. I hope you read it! 95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tric

    It was hard to read, emotionally. My mind wandered to my nieces and nephews. I think this book was well written. It wasn't overly graphic; just enough to piss you off. It also felt like Lauren was sitting right next to you telling her story. I think I'm more aware now that I've read this book. It was hard to read, emotionally. My mind wandered to my nieces and nephews. I think this book was well written. It wasn't overly graphic; just enough to piss you off. It also felt like Lauren was sitting right next to you telling her story. I think I'm more aware now that I've read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Unglo

    Lauren courageously writes and shares her own story with respect to be sexually abused as a child. "It's OK to Tell" is the perfect title as often times victims are sworn into silence by their abusers--but should never hesitate to tell another adult and to report their incident(s) of being abused. The sooner they tell, the sooner abuse stops, and the sooner healing can begin. Thank you for sharing, Lauren. Lauren courageously writes and shares her own story with respect to be sexually abused as a child. "It's OK to Tell" is the perfect title as often times victims are sworn into silence by their abusers--but should never hesitate to tell another adult and to report their incident(s) of being abused. The sooner they tell, the sooner abuse stops, and the sooner healing can begin. Thank you for sharing, Lauren.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Molly McMullin-Yohe

    This book was so hard to read at times. The physical and sexual abuse that Lauren went through at the hands of someone who was supposed to protect her took my breath away. I’m glad she told her story and I’m glad she found strength after this. It was very interesting, but I had to give myself some time to process what she wrote.

  5. 5 out of 5

    April Hardison

    This book was amazing and very touching. It gave me hope after finding out about my childhood. Lauren turned her pain into an organization that has helped and continued to help many children.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    This was a book that was so honest. The things that happened to this girl was horrific and the details were very hard to read. It is so sad that we have evil people living right among us.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer G.B.

    This was the most eye opening read ever. I understand myself so much now after reading this than what I have my entire life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    Hard to read but wanted to get information.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lance Towers

    Though graphic, it was helpful to read the journey of this sexually exploited child. Lauren Book's story has increased my compassion for what she and 39 million other survivors (in this nation alone) of childhood sexual abuse endure. Though graphic, it was helpful to read the journey of this sexually exploited child. Lauren Book's story has increased my compassion for what she and 39 million other survivors (in this nation alone) of childhood sexual abuse endure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tremayne Moore

    It's OK To Tell, a memoir of Lauren Book's childhood. I read this book and three days and as I read, I saw pieces of my life. Picture this: a upper middle class family, a nanny and three children - you would think life would be sweet, right? Think again, Lauren's childhood was filled with abuse, neglect, and trying to discover who she was. As Lauren met people along with way who would encourage her to tell, she found freedom. And now, she's committed educate kids and parents about the ramificati It's OK To Tell, a memoir of Lauren Book's childhood. I read this book and three days and as I read, I saw pieces of my life. Picture this: a upper middle class family, a nanny and three children - you would think life would be sweet, right? Think again, Lauren's childhood was filled with abuse, neglect, and trying to discover who she was. As Lauren met people along with way who would encourage her to tell, she found freedom. And now, she's committed educate kids and parents about the ramifications of childhood sexual abuse. One of the chapters in the book is called Walk In My Shoes. For the past 6 years, she's walked 1500 miles for the state of FL. And along the way, she's met many kids who have suffered childhood sexual abuse and walk with her on part of the 1500 mile. It was a privilege to read this and to last year, meet her. I echo her message to every survivor as I am a sexual abuse survivor: It's OK To Tell

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is hard to read knowing it is true as your tears flow freely but it is something that is a must read. Child abuse should not be hidden and it can happen to anyone by anyone. I've met Lauren and she is a remarkable person to have gone through what she's gone through and to speak about it and help bring about laws and more importantly talk about. I will hope that others will read her book and have the courage to speak out and not suffer and hide in pain. My prayers are to Lauren, her foundati This is hard to read knowing it is true as your tears flow freely but it is something that is a must read. Child abuse should not be hidden and it can happen to anyone by anyone. I've met Lauren and she is a remarkable person to have gone through what she's gone through and to speak about it and help bring about laws and more importantly talk about. I will hope that others will read her book and have the courage to speak out and not suffer and hide in pain. My prayers are to Lauren, her foundation and to all those who have suffered child abuse and sexual abuse.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Misti Pittman

    Very heart-warming, sad, encouraging, and VERY well written. Every teen & parent SHOULD read! It's not a long book, but very worth a read! Eye-opening. You will feel angry and sad at the same time! This young lady takes you through her struggles as a sexual assault victim that her nanny put her though! Very heart-warming, sad, encouraging, and VERY well written. Every teen & parent SHOULD read! It's not a long book, but very worth a read! Eye-opening. You will feel angry and sad at the same time! This young lady takes you through her struggles as a sexual assault victim that her nanny put her though!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bailey

    I thought this book was amazing and explains so much! Also, if any of you are able to attend any of her training and conferences, do it!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    A poorly written, self published title that's an obvious cash grab. I can't help but to wonder if she bothered writing this book herself. A poorly written, self published title that's an obvious cash grab. I can't help but to wonder if she bothered writing this book herself.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin Graber

    An amazing story of recovery. A hard book to read because of the content, but definitely eye opening.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patty Strandt

    This was a good book. Reason I gave it 2 stars, was because the details of what this girl went through with her nanny were too much for me. What this nanny did to this girl was disgusting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie Yeadon

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gail

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Trish

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liz Sinnott-armstrong

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Chong

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bekah Miller

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Howes-smith

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bri

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

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