Lauren Book sponsors bill to toughen Florida laws

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, often tells the story about how she was sexually abused as a child for years by her nanny.

Lauren Book
LAuren Book

She channeled the pain into a lifetime of helping other abuse survivors. Now she’s been victimized again, and she’s taking action as only a legislator can.

Book told The Associated Press that a teenager tried to extort her months ago by threatening to reveal nude photos that were stolen from her.

She learned that the images had been bought and traded online for a decade. So now she’s sponsoring a bill to toughen Florida laws in hopes of preventing other victims.

As a 17-year-old daughter of an influential lobbyist, she found the courage while battling anorexia, sleepless nights and crying fits to go to Tallahassee and convince lawmakers and then-Gov. Jeb Bush to pass a law requiring HIV tests for rape suspects.

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It will get its first hearing Tuesday.

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