Dawn Schiller was fifteen years old in 1976, when she met 32- year-old porn star John Holmes. Holmes courted Dawn, had sex with her, and manipulated her with drugs and alcohol. Holmes physically and emotionally abused Dawn for several years. After the famed Wonderland murders in 1981, they fled to Florida, where she ultimately broke free and turned him over to the police.
Dawn eventually relocated to Northern California and finally to the Pacific Northwest, where she now lives with her daughter. In addition to being a devoted mother, Dawn has worked as an Associate Producer and Consultant on the movie “Wonderland” (she was portrayed by actress Kate Bosworth; John Holmes was played by Val Kilmer.)
Dawn is adamant about relating her story with the hope that any other young teen won’t fall into the same hell that she did. She has developed a national presentation titled “Our Throwaway Teens – Who Are They and How Can We Help?” that seeks to raise awareness of the vulnerabilities of a teen that grows up in an abusive and neglected environment. Dawn educates audiences on what a teen might be experiencing internally when targeted and groomed by a predator, how to identify a young victim in trouble, pedophile seduction techniques, and the use of drugs to manipulate and trap a victim. She gives an inside view of what it’s like to be a “throwaway teen” and how we, as a community, can help. Dawn is also excited to announce E.S.T.E.A.M., (Empowering Successful Teens through Education, Awareness & Mentoring), a non-profit dedicated to assisting teens who are struggling to find a safe and successful path to adulthood.
Today, Dawn is the proud parent of a beautiful daughter. She works full time at Eastern Oregon University in the Arts and Science Department, is on the committee to revise the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and is a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). Nationally she sits on the Education Committee and is an Advisory Board member for the National Center of Victims of Crime out of Washington, D.C. She is an Advisory Board member for the organizations, The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center and Voices Set Free. She has represented Val Kilmer in New York for the Volvo For Life Awards in both 2006 and 2008. But most importantly, Dawn has spent the last six years completing her memoir, The Road Through Wonderland which is slated for national release in August 2010 by Medallion Press. Nominated for the R.O.S.E. (Regaining Ones Self Esteem) award in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and the Sunshine Peace Award 2010, Dawn has been abstinent from drugs and alcohol for many years.
For information on Dawn, her book, or to have Dawn speak at your event, please contact her at Dawn@empowerteens.com or Check out Dawn’s Blog.
|E.S.T.E.A.M. founder Dawn Schiller will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her recently released book “The Road Through Wonderland”, to help fund our mission. Please purchase through the below paypal link.|
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