January 25, 2013
Erin Gillespie, Department of Children and Families, 850-717-4450
Claire VanSusteren, Lauren's Kids, 850-222-1996
Florida Department of Children and Families, Lauren's Kids Foundation to Unveil "Don't Miss the Signs" Campaign
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins will join with childhood sexual abuse survivor and advocate Lauren Book on Monday, January 28 to launch "Don't Miss the Signs," a comprehensive public awareness campaign that will educate Floridians about their obligation to report suspected abuse under Florida's sweeping new child abuse reporting law, which took effect Oct. 1, 2012.
Each year in Florida, hundreds of thousands of children are physically, mentally, verbally or sexually abused, usually by someone they know and trust. The "Don't Miss the Signs" campaign, which Floridians will soon see on television ads, posters and other materials, educates residents about the signs of abuse, the reporting process and each citizen's legal responsibility to report suspected abuse.
Florida Department of Children and Families and Lauren's Kids' "Don't Miss the Signs" Campaign Launch
11 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2013
Florida Press Center
336 E. College Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
David Wilkins, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families
Lauren Book, Sexual Abuse Survivor and Founder of Lauren's Kids
Jennifer Dritt, Executive Director, Florida Council Against Sexual Violence