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Florida senator fights back over nude images stolen from her; introduces bill to strengthen revenge porn law

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Lauren Book often has told the story about how she was sexually abused by her nanny for six years when she was a child. She channeled the pain into a lifetime of helping other abuse survivors.Now after years of working hard to heal herself and restore her life — running a non-profit to help victims, getting married, having children and winning her Senate seat — Book has been victimized again, this time by someone trying to extort her by threatening to reveal nude photos that were stolen from her.What's worse: During the investigation, she learned that the images had been bought and traded online since 2020."I hate that this happened to me," Book told The Associated Press in an interview.

"I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. But I’ll take it, because I know that I can do something about it."RELATED: How overturning Roe v. Wade could impact women's rights in FloridaBook is taking action as only a legislator can.

While the pain came rushing back, so did her spirit to fight, and she's seeking a new law to try to prevent others from being victimized.The bill sponsored by Book, a Democrat, gets its first committee hearing Tuesday. It would strengthen Florida's revenge porn law by making it a felony to buy, sell or trade stolen sexually explicit images from someone's phone or other digital devices.

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