The Walk
Is Back!

Join the Lauren’s Kids foundation and thousands of walkers across the state for the 2024 Walk in My Shoes 1,500-mile trek across Florida – beginning in Key West and ending in Panama City. Whether you’re able to walk for a block, a mile, or more, every step counts in the fight to prevent child sexual abuse and help survivors heal. 

#WhyWeWalk: Together, we’re walking during the month of April – National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month –  to raise awareness, educate communities, and empower survivors.

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1 in 3 Girls
1 in 5 Boys

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will suffer sexual abuse before graduating high school.

42 Million Survivors

There are 42 Million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. today.

Every Zip Code

Child sexual abuse happens in every zip code in the United States.

1 in 5 Kids

1 in 5 children who touch a digital device will be sexually solicited online.

90%

90% of individuals with a developmental delay or disability will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.

75%

75% of child victims of sexual abuse do not disclose within a year of their abuse, 45% of child victims keep their abuse a secret for at least five years, many stay silent for decades, and some never tell.

95%

The statistics are staggering…but the solution is clear: 95% of child sexual abuse IS preventable with education and awareness. This is why we walk.

The statistics are staggering…but the solution is clear:

95% of child sexual abuse IS
preventable with education and
awareness. This is why we walk.

A Look Back: Walk in My Shoes 2010 - 2018

From 2010 through 2018, Lauren’s Kids Founder and CEO Lauren Book took to Florida’s highways and byways – literally walking across the state of Florida to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. Lauren’s “Walk in My Shoes” started as her own healing journey, walking from the home in which she was abused more than 500 miles to the steps of the Historic Florida Capitol, and as a way to get people to pay attention to an issue too often confined to the shadows. Her walk grew to include tens of thousands of participants and span 1,500 miles from Key West up Florida’s east coast, traversing over to the West, and ending again in Tallahassee to advocate for legislative and societal change. Over the course of the Walk in My Shoes, Lauren logged more than 10,500 miles in the name of child protection, public awareness, and to let fellow survivors know that it’s OK to tell – and it’s OK to heal.

Schedule + Route

April 18, 2024

Jacksonville

Time:

9:00 AM

Starting Location:

5644 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville at 9:00 am on Thursday, April 18, 2024, and begin walking at 9:30 am.  We’ll walk 3.4 miles to First Korean Baptist Church where we’ll take a water break. Those feeling adventurous can continue on with us for even more miles.

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April 19, 2024

Gainesville

Time:

12:00 PM

Starting Location:

500 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at the Child Advocacy Center at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 19, 2024, and begin walking at 12:45 pm. We’ll walk 2.7 miles to Campus View Church where we’ll take a water break. Those feeling adventurous can continue on with us for even more miles.

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April 20, 2024

Tampa Morning Walk

Time:

8:30 AM

Starting Location:

459 Brandon Town Center Dr, Brandon, FL 33511

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at the Brandon Mall at 8:30 am on Saturday, April 20, 2024, and begin walking at 9:15 am. We’ll walk 2.8 miles to the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office where we’ll end the walk and take a water break.

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April 21, 2024

St. Petersburg Morning Walk

Time:

9:30 AM

Starting Location:

4701 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at Publix Super Market at Park Boulevard Plaza at 9:30 am on Sunday, April 21, 2024, and begin walking at 10:15 am.  We’ll walk 3 miles to the Bayside Sports Academy where we’ll take a water break. Those feeling adventurous can continue on with us for even more miles.

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April 22, 2024

Tallahassee

Time:

12:30 PM

Starting Location:

306 S Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at Kleman Plaza at 12:30 pm on Monday, April 22, 2024, and begin walking at 1:00 pm. We’ll walk 3 miles to PACE Center for Girls where we’ll take a water break. Those feeling adventurous can continue on with us back to Kleman Plaza!

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April 24, 2024

Marianna

Time:

9:30 AM

Starting Location:

2913 Optimist Dr, Marianna, FL 32448

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center at 9:30 am on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, and begin walking at 10:00 am. We’ll walk 2.7 miles back to Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center where we’ll take a water break. Those feeling adventurous can continue on with us for even more miles.

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April 25, 2024

Pensacola

Time:

8:30 AM

Starting Location:

3401 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at Gulf Coast Kid’s House at 8:30 am on Thursday, April 25, 2024, and begin walking at 9:00 am. We’ll walk 3.1 miles to Head Start Community Action Program where we’ll take a water break. Those feeling adventurous can continue on with us for even more miles.

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April 26, 2024

Fort Walton

Time:

9:00 AM

Starting Location:

401 McEwen Dr, Niceville, FL 32578

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center at 9:00 am on Friday, April 26, 2024, and begin walking at 9:30 am. We’ll walk 2.7 miles to The Boathouse Landing Restaurant where we’ll take a water break. Those feeling adventurous can continue on with us for even more miles.

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April 27, 2024

Panama City

Time:

9:30 AM

Starting Location:

210 E 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401

Walk Information:

We’ll start registration at Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 27, 2024, and begin walking at 10:15 am. We’ll walk 2.9 miles to Macedonia Baptist Church where we’ll take a water break. Those who wish to finish the walk will continue walking back to Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (another 1.6 miles) where we’ll have our final celebration!  Please join us for a fun afterparty at Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center!

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