Recently I was contacted by someone who asked me if I would be interested in reading It’s OK to Tell: A Story of Hope and Recovery by Lauren Book. I said yes and received a free copy to review. Wow, I wasn’t expecting to read the book in one sitting. The day I got the book I opened it to read during my daughter’s nap, and I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a sad story, very detailed, but it is a MUST read for anybody who has been sexually abused or who has worked with sexual abuse survivors.
Lauren Book was sexually and physically abused by her female nanny from the age of 13 to 18. She was too ashamed, scared, and afraid to tell. She craved the attention and love her nanny gave her, since Lauren and her mother did not have a good relationship. Her mother had her own emotional issues that created a wedge among the family. Lauren’s father, Ron Book, is a well to do popular lobbyist in Florida. He seemed to be an involved caring father, but like a lot of fathers, was a workaholic. However, he designated family time so he did spend time with his family. Lauren did not want to say anything to her father for fear of hurting his career.
In the book, Lauren masters the goal of explaining how someone might experience Stockholm Syndrome. She explains how it just as serious to be abused by a woman as it is a man. Lauren also discusses the legal part to get her nanny behind bars. Lauren Book has come along ways and has used her bad experiences to start an organization called Lauren’s Kids. Her goal is to educate others about sexual abuse and that it is okay to tell someone if they are being abused.
It’s OK to Tell: A Story of Hope and Recovery is detailed, so understand that you will definitely become emotionally involved in this book. After I finished reading it, I Googled everything I could possibly think of about Lauren Book and her former nanny. Fortunately, her nanny is serving time. The important message to take away from this book is that it is okay to tell no matter what the abuser tells you.