Writer Abigail Jones tackles a complicated and moving story in the June 23, 2015, issue of Newsweek, telling the story of Lauren Book, who ensured years of abuse by her nanny, her recovery and work today to educate children, parents and educators about child abuse.
The piece tackles a number of subjects, including the myth of “stranger danger.” The reality is that most children who are abused, know their abuser. And breaking the myth that abuse happens “in those neighborhoods, ” over there,” with other kids,” “not our kids.” As Book says, “Yes, it does happen to blonde-haired, blue-eyed kids who go to the university school.”
The story reports on Book’s father, too, a powerful lobbyist who, along with Lauren and others, has driven Florida to take significant steps to protect children and punish abusers.
It’s a long read, but well worth the time.