Health and Wellness

Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – It’s OK to Tell with Lauren Book

There are an estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America. As you’ll hear from this week’s guest, Lauren Book, the effect upon victims is devastating. More often than not, the perpetrator is not the stranger we warn our children about, but someone they know and should be able to trust which makes the abuse even more horrific. Lauren was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Her memoir, It’s OK to Tell: A Story of Hope and Recovery, helps us understand the many dimensions of abuse from the perspective of a victim. As someone who refuses to let herself be defined by her traumatic experiences, Lauren’s story is one of hope and forgiveness in the face of extreme adversity. As founder of Lauren’s Kids, she now empowers others to address abuse issues in their own lives plus try to prevent it within their families. Her story demonstrates the incredible power of an individual’s ability to recover and embrace life. For more information, please visit