Many, many good things — and I’m back

Hello everyone.

I’m back!!!   Well, I really never left. Only had one of the busiest years of my life.  And it keeps on coming. To give you an idea, I just finished sorting over 4,000 emails and have put together a  breakdown of all the events (presentations, book readings, lectures, interviews for radio, meetings with survivors, etc.) and they total 54 separate events for last year alone!  This has been great, but only left me time to post short sentences on Facebook, in place of posting here.  So, my apologies. I haven’t given up on Dawn-Schiller.  This is where my online journaling began and I don’t intend on giving it up.

Many good things have been happening, especially with E.S.T.E.A.M.  We have an amazing board of directors who have been working hard to gain a sense of direction and focus to have the best possible outcome for the teens/young adults we want to help. Our website is getting updated, volunteers are being organized, and subcommittees are focused on particular tasks. In addition, our mentoring piece of advocacy has taken on quite a positive spin, and in August I will be coordinating, teaching a memoir writing workshop and co-sponsoring a 9-12th grade camp for girls who don’t have a home life that is positive. (I’ll leave it at that for now.)

Heads up also, as I’ll be the keynote speaker for the North West Regional Conference for the Soroptimists of America on April 29th in Vancouver, Washington.  Come stop by if you can.  I’d love to meet you and talk about how we can help our kids.  Soroptimist Keynote

I also did an interview with CBS KOIN Local 6 news and Amy Fraiser.  I think they did a great job.

CBS KOIN News – Dawn Schiller

I want to thank everyone who sent me their stories of strength after reading my book.  I want you to know how important it is to hear those messages. It tells me that the reason for me to write my story goes way beyond what I could have envisioned, and that all the hard work was worth it, a million fold.

More great things to come,

Dawn

11 Responses to “Many, many good things — and I’m back”

  1. Andi Says:

    Hi Dawn,
    I just wanted to leave a message on your blog to let you know how much your book touched me. I live in the UK and after me and my sister saw Wonderland, and I did some more research ,I have been eagerly awaiting your book ever since it was first mentioned! You have lived such an astonishing life and it has inspired me in so many ways. To find strength in yourself when it seems there is nowhere else to turn, and to take it back, and to use it to help others. I have bought your book as a gift to many friends and I hope it has the same effect of them as it did me. I hope there is someway we can help your cause from over here in the UK. I look forward to your next book!
    Andi x

  2. Amanda Says:

    To Dawn,

    I just recieved your book last night, and I’m halfway thru it now. Thank you so much for this beautifully written book about the power of the human spirit. I too was an abused woman, and like you took the great leap to safety. I applaud your determination, and all the good works you’re doing now. You are an inspiration to all. If there is anyway I can help with these young girls, please let me know.

  3. Dawn Says:

    Hi Andi,
    Thank you so very much for expressing to me how my story has moved you. That means the world to me, and like I have told others, justifies the many years it took me to get it written and published. Please stay in touch, as I hope to continue on this journey of helping others. Even though we are US bound at the moment, you never know. :) Best to you, your sister and the many friends you have shared my story with!
    Dawn

  4. Dawn Says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you. Kudos about my writing inspires Me to keep on, so I appreciate your comments deeply. Please let me know your thoughts when you are finished with the book. There is so much more than half-way.
    Congratulations also for taking your leap of faith. Amazing what comes out of spirit. I still cry for the ones who didn’t/don’t make it though.
    Best,
    Dawn

  5. Amy Piner Says:

    Hi,

    I have the Wonderland film on DVD and after some time I found myself wanting to know more about this un-believable story which is how I found your website. It is so strange for me to be writing to you right now but I felt I had too.

    Although I haven’t read your book (but I will be as soon as I can get my hands on a copy) I just wanted to express my admiration for your strength in such tragic times and the ability to keep moving forward.

    If there were more people like you that want to use their experiences to better other’s lives this world would be a better place. There are a million things I’d love to ask you but your a busy woman who doesn’t need me bothering you.

    As you use your experiences to better the world I am trying to do the same with my photography and words….. I have given you the address of my blog and would love it if you could check it out (i am currently working on a new one which will include my writing too).

    If there is anything I can do to help your charity I will!

    Thank you for your time… your an inspiration!

    Amy xxx

  6. alf from Spain Says:

    Great film Wonderland. Im happy that you have recovered your life and even help a lot of people. Im trying to improve my forgotten english and your book and the bio of John Holmes are in my list (im trying to finish a large bio of the Monty Python). Carry on, have a lot of luck, and help people .

    pd: I wish an as* cancer to that f**** bas**** of Eddie .N.! (if you think you could have problems you can edit this last line)

    pd2: I love bio´s (books about histories) and a book for a bad day for me (makes me laught a lot) is the bio of Howard Hughes ¨I caught flies for Howard Hughes¨ a very funny book full of weir stories about that guy (HH was nuts at 100%).

  7. jeannine Says:

    Dawn,
    I just watched the movie Wonderland and decided to search the world wide web for more info. I found your blog. I haven’t read your book but plan to as soon as i can get a copy of it. I was in my early 20′s when wonderland happened and can remember being interested in it at that time. I’ve always been I won’t say a fan but very interested in true crime pieces. Having watched the movie and read your blog I am amazed that you’ve survived and came out the other end not only in one piece but a strong woman who wants to help others in bad situations. I didn’t have a horrific childhood, it wasn’t all good but it wasn’t bad. I became a drug abuser due to pain from a chronic illness and found out that the meds to treat the pain not only got rid of the physical pain but mental pain as well so I began abusing them and did so for many years. I put my family thru some terrible times and put my child in horrible danger because I thought nothing of putting her in my car and driving around blasted out of my mind. Ten years ago my family said enough and I heard them that time. I didn’t call myself and addict because my situation was somewhat different. I still have daily chronic pain that has to be treated but now I only take what’s prescribed in the amounts prescribed by my Dr. It was a difficult journey because I didn’t fit into the NA or AA handbooks. I did attend both and still do occasionally. I had a lot of family support because there are a lot of addicts in my family who are in recovery so working with them I found a way to get to what I call “my clean” and have maintained that for 10 yrs now. I’ve read about and watched documentarys about the sexual exploitation of children and find it very admirable of the work you are doing in that field. These kids need a voice because they are not always seen as the true victims like in your case or when vice picks them up for prostitution and they are charged with the crime instead of being given help to get out of the situation. Keep up the GREAT work your doing and may God continue to bless you.

  8. Prima Jean Says:

    Dawn I hope to someday have a conversation with you (even if its over the web), I happy to hear your living life as you wanted, that you summed up the courage to flee from john, that you left whole, ur not physically damaged by drugs and abuse, u use ur story and life to help others in the same situation. Im honored to have even learned about you, and ur life. I have NEVER been a fan of porn, so i never in a million years thought a story like urs would be discovered thru well a person linked to porn. I dont know how u had the courage to have been put through all that u have encountered, but it moves me to strive harder. Often, i find myself depressed, & feel like i am in a rut. But if you pushed thru i could.

  9. Melissa Maxwell Says:

    Dawn,
    I don’t know where to begin? So much has happened and I feel like anything I say will not do your story justice. I’m inspired by your courage, enlightened by your survival, and humbled by your pain, and the way you worked through it. I think I only have one question for you. Well, actually a two parter,lol….What gave you the courage to alert the police to John’s whereabouts in Florida six months after he took you and ran? How did you manage to stay away this time for good? You were so young, and I’m extremity proud of you for getting away from him for good. I know you must still look at him in your minds eye and feel something for him, although he deserves nothing!

    Best Wishes for a long happy life
    xoxo Melissa

  10. Cynthia Says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Ive been reading your book these passed weeks and yes I’m almost done with it :) I do have to say I cried at the end of chapter 12 to think of you and thor ugh I just disliked him more but I had to remind myself that you are alive and writing your story Strong as ever. Im hoping thor was ok too. right? or should I keep reading :/ I am so happy to know that you are helping so many. When I was a child I witnessed my mother being abused but like you she has come out strong and is the sweetest and happiest person ever. Thank you for sharing your story I’m glad that we know your story and not only his.

    God bless you and your family
    Cynthia

  11. carsten spencer Says:

    Hi Dawn, I found you as I was exploring the possibility of getting some speaking engagements on the topic of childhood sexual abuse and incest (please check out at talk I did in which I shared my experience of sexual abuse from my father: http://www.carstenspencer.com/ .) The impact that talk had on those in the audience (one woman in her 80s share with me after the talk that she had been abused my her uncle when she was 6 and had never told anyone.) has convinced me that I need to share my story to help other heal and to put a stop to this by making people more aware. I commend you for your courage in telling your story and for the work you’re doing and would welcome any advice and/or guidance on how I might move forward to share my story and reach more people. Thank you again for your work and your courage.

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