Lauren’s Kids Foundation
The Lauren’s Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2007 by Lauren Book with the mission of educating adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through in-school curricula, awareness campaigns and speaking engagements around the country and the world.
Lauren Book, Lauren’s Kids’ founder and CEO, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her female nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help other survivors heal.
The Lauren’s Kids organization also leads an annual, statewide “Walk in My Shoes” awareness walk across the state of Florida – 1,500 miles from Key West to Tallahassee – and provides more than 7 million education and awareness materials statewide through direct mail every year. The foundation has helped advocate for the passage of nearly two dozen laws to support survivors and protect children from predators. The ultimate goal is to prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.
Our team has had the great pleasure of working with Lauren’s Kids to help tell the story of the critically important work the organization does around the state of Florida, around the United States and abroad. Since 2014, Josh McLawhorn and David Barfield have traveled to cities along the annual Walk in My Shoes awareness path to interview survivors and supporters of the movement, to create beautiful imagery, and add to the awareness of this very important cause.
This video is one of six videos Impact Visual Media produced in 2015 to document Lauren Book’s annual Walk in My Shoes journey across Florida. This particular video was created to document the final walk day – Lauren’s arrival into Tallahassee. The video combines sound bites from interviews with survivors and walkers, as well as Lauren Book herself and her father Ron Book, with cover footage shot throughout the course of the final walk day and a candlelight vigil held the night before. Filming the Walk in My Shoes is a very involved task! Because the group has such large mileages to put in – sometimes longer than a marathon – footage must be filmed while moving. This means tripods, camera cranes, and other cumbersome rigs are out. Instead, Josh opted to shoot mostly using a handheld steadicam device that stabilizes a camera through a range of motions, creating a smooth floating shot with a small amount of “handheld” feel. This is a critical tool to capturing the dynamic and fleeting moments of the walk without elaborate setups and excessive gear.
Josh and Dave traveled to five cities in 2015 to film Lauren’s Walk in My Shoes: Key West FL, Miami FL, Jacksonville FL, Panama City FL, and Tallahassee FL. In addition to the rigorous requirements for shooting, these videos had a very fast turnaround as well: the final edited versions were posted within two days of being filmed, including travel back to Tallahassee! However, Our team loves a challenge and is proud to work with the Lauren’s Kids Foundation to help tell their amazing stories.