Woman Raising Awareness for Child Abuse in Panama City

PANAMA CITY - One woman is taking steps to raise awareness for child abuse. 1,500 miles worth of steps to be exact.

Lauren Book was in Panama City Saturday as part of her 5th annual "Walk In My Shoes" event to help prevent child child sexual abuse.

Book is walking from Key West to Tallahassee during the months of March and April which is National Child Abuse Awareness and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month respectively.

Book is walking over a period of 42 days in honor of the 42 million survivors of child sex abuse in the U.S. She began in Key West on March 16th and will end in Tallahassee on April 22nd with a rally on the steps of the capitol.

Book's goal is to increase mandatory minimum sentences for convicted sex offenders and close loopholes in the justice system.

"To speak to victims who have been victims of sexual abuse or that are maybe dealing with some things right now that don't know how to step up and speak out about sexual abuse," said Cheryl Powell, Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

Book participated in a historic bill signing with Governor Rick Scott on April 1st that will help enforce stricter punishments for convicted sex offenders.

She will be in Tallahassee April 21-22 as part of the event.