Contact Dawn about presentations, keynote addresses or training events for your company, government agency, community organization, college/university, domestic violence/sexual assault agency, advocacy group or other organization.

 

THE ROAD THROUGH WONDERLAND: SURVIVING JOHN HOLMES

This eye-opening presentation brings audiences through a young girl's journey of surviving abuse and human trafficking and how she ultimately became a woman of leadership instilling hope in others. Dawn shines a light on the predatory tactics of abusers while simultaneously assisting teens in finding a way to steer clear of the life to which she fell prey. 

  • Child/Teen Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Victim Identification
  • Predator Identification
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
  • Law Enforcement Collaboration
  • Strategies for Survival

THE FACES OF TRAFFICKING: COMBATING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF YOUTH AND ADULTS IN AMERICA

In this presentation, Dawn provides an in-depth and comprehensive view of the problem of sex trafficking in both urban, suburban and rural United States, the manifestations and challenges for vulnerable and diverse populations, and how communities can become true allies to protect and empower them.

  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
  • Rural, Suburban and Urban America
  • Victim Identification
  • Difference, Power and Discrimination
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Anti-Violence/Anti-Trafficking
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Advocacy

TRAFFICKING AT THE INTERSECTION: AN INTERSECTIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE TRAFFICKING OF MARGINALIZED YOUTH AND ADULTS IN THE UNITED STATES

This presentation examines the historical and current framework of sex trafficking and the rescue of youth and adults in the United States. Teaching the effects of intersectional oppressions through the lens of difference, power and discrimination, Dawn profiles the marginalized and impoverished who are vulnerable to sex trafficking, bringing them from the edges of obscurity into the vision of the advocates who seek to help them.

  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
  • Victim Identification
  • Intersectionality
  • Difference, Power and Discrimination
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Anti-Violence/Anti-Trafficking
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Advocacy

OUR THROWAWAY TEENS: WHO ARE THEY AND HOW CAN WE HELP?

Giving an insider's view of what it's like to be a "throwaway teen," Dawn seeks to raise awareness about the vulnerabilities faced by teens growing up in abusive and neglected environments. Audiences are informed about vital issues related to teen victimization and encouraged to work in their communities to better shelter the teen population through outreach and education. 

  • Teen Victimization
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Diversity
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Advocacy 

MY NAME IS NO ONE: FIGHTING THE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR PORN INDUSTRY'S MOVEMENT TO KEEP ME INVISIBLE

This presentation focuses on the barriers, threats, coercions and fraudulent attempts by porn industry representatives to steal, discard and rewrite Dawn's story as a victim of abuse and trafficking. Identifying blatant and insidious acts of aggression, misogyny and oppressive tactics from her own experience while integrating current examples of pornography's suppression of women's voices, Dawn teaches how a victim can push back, claim her voice and overcome.

  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
  • Speaking Out and Staying Safe
  • Strategies for Survival
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Pornography
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Rape Culture
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF A MOUNTAIN: FROM SURVIVAL TO HEALING TO SERVICE

In this presentation, Dawn recounts her multiple-year journey to becoming a survivor, expert, trainer and teacher. From picking up the broken pieces of self, trauma-specific therapy, addressing drug, alcohol and co-dependency issues—to community service, motherhood, education and leadership—this is a journey of facing an insurmountable mountain to understanding that sometimes the mountain is a friend.

  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
  • Strategies for Survival
  • Advocacy
  • Survivor Leadership
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

MEDIA AND THE VICTIM: WHEN TELLING YOUR STORY IS LIKE A PUNCH IN THE FACE

This presentation examines the multiple interview styles used by the media to write a victim's story, highlighting rape culture and misogynistic language that subsequently re-traumatizes the victim. Drawing from numerous interviews, media portrayals and reports of John Holmes and the Wonderland murders, Dawn addresses the adverse impact of mild-to-aggressive, oppressive language on a survivor and outlines the importance of trauma informed interviewing and reporting.

  • Violence Against Vulnerable Populations
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Media Responsibility
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Language and Rape Culture

"HELP ME SISTER!": STRATEGIES FOR BECOMING A TRUE ALLY IN THE ANTI-VIOLENCE/ANTI-TRAFFICKING MOVEMENT

A history and presentation of how privilege helps and harms victims, advocates, organizations and the movement, with strategies for national and global comprehension of true alliance. Dawn highlights the potential dangers of oppressing and re-traumatizing a victim's survivorship and outlines best practices to support the anti-violence/anti-trafficking movement.

  • Anti-Oppression
  • Non-profits and Independents
  • Survivor Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Difference, Power and Discrimination
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Anti-Violence and Anti-Trafficking