"She is a true survivor to have gone through that at such a young age and yet wake up every morning and relive that bad stuff just to help kids," said Lim. "No matter how she tries to forget, it's still a part of her."
Her father is also impressed, although at first he was opposed to his daughter working with sex offenders. Since last August, they have found housing for 42 of the 100 men at the Julia Tuttle Causeway and more placements are underway.
"She wants to make sure this place is closed down," said Book. "She has taken this personally and she is the one who went through this. Far be it from me to tell her as an advocate that she shouldn't feel that way."
Both still strongly support registration of sex offenders and residency restrictions, saying they work, even if the homeless men at Julia Tuttle resent their work.
"They know who we are and don't like use very much," she said. "I wouldn't consider myself advocating for them. These people harmed children, and I don't think they can dictate where they get to live."
"Some of them say they are victims and it's not their fault," said Book-Lim, who admits she'll be in therapy for the rest of her life. "But guess what? I was given a life sentence. This person murdered my childhood. I walk through a life that is broken."