"Dawn Schiller is a survivor! She not only lived to tell of a horrendous adolescence, but she learned the gifts of compassion and forgiveness. She does not just tell of horrific abuse, but instead, she tackles relevant issues such as low self-worth, drug addiction and family relationships. Dawn Schiller is clearly a master communicator as she identifies how teens fall victim to predators and pedophiles as well as how to assist those who are in need of help. She is authentic and transparent—a true inspiration!"
- LISA KRATZ THOMAS / SPEAKER, AUTHOR & RADIO HOST
"Dawn Schiller is a powerful presenter, advocate and mentor for throwaway teens. Her story will compel you to want to do more. Dawn’s experience is horrifying; however, to personally witness her resilience and her desire to help others is remarkable. Dawn is a success story, giving hope to the silent victims and engaging communities to be advocates for youth, who are looking for support and direction while navigating life’s many difficult choices. From drug addiction, teen dating violence, forced prostitution and homelessness, Dawn has risen above it all and it is a privilege to know her and become part of her journey."
"Dawn Schiller’s keynote presentation at our Region Conference this year ranked as the highlight for many of the 450 attendees. The group was inspired and touched by her openness and willingness to share her impactful story with us. It delivered the exact message I had wanted it to, providing a real life example of why the work we do as an organization to help improve the lives of women and girls is so important. Dawn had the group on the edge of their seats as she recounted her Road Through Wonderland and took the audience down that road with her as she read aloud from sections of her book. I give my highest recommendation of Dawn Schiller as a keynote presenter and would welcome her back to speak again at any time!"
- SOROPTOMIST INTERNATIONAL OF THE AMERICAS
"In 2015, Dawn Schiller spoke to a campus student group I advise which had begun to examine the issues of violence against women and sex trafficking. Since Dawn's impactful presentation, students have continued to recall and reference her perspective to make connections to other forms of exploitation such as objectification of women in mass media, “throw-away teens,” and largely hidden sex trafficking in rural America. Her powerful story should be heard widely. Highly recommended."
- ROSEMARY POWERS, PH.D. PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
“The Road Through Wonderland is a must-read, especially for professionals trained to identify and respond to horrible abuses such as those Dawn endured during her years with John Holmes and others around him. As I read, I wondered what we as a community can do to allow kids like Dawn to reach out for help rather than face death at the hands of their abusers on a daily basis. Unfortunately, in Dawn’s case, by the time the abuse came to the attention of the police, she was already eighteen. Though very incapable of caring for herself, she was legally seen as an adult. And though visibly battered by Holmes, she was returned to his 'care' by police. I am thankful that our response to intimate partner violence, the exploitation of children and especially our 'throwaway teens' has improved over the last thirty years. However, we have a lot more work to do before people understand how predators like Holmes target vulnerable children and that these troubled children are worth saving.”
- SGT. JOANNE ARCHAMBAULT, SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPT., RETIRED; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF
END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (EVAW), INTL; CO-EDITOR OF SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORT
"Dawn was sensational. She did a great job sharing her story and engaging the audience. I have gotten lots of positive feedback. I have nothing but kind and wonderful things to say about Dawn and I would recommend her to speak at any conference, especially those geared toward trauma and survival."
- INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES, MARION COUNTY
"We really enjoyed having Dawn deliver her presentation on throwaway teens to the staff at Mountain View Youth Development Center. Dawn’s powerful personal story mixed with statistics and other stories was a great way to bring awareness to her audience. I heard more than one person comment that it was a great reminder of why we do the work that we do."
- MOUNTAIN VIEW YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER, BANGOR, MN
"I have had the privilege of hearing Dawn speak on numerous occasions. Each time I find myself more in awe of her strength and tenacity. This graceful, beautiful woman has overcome more than most people could imagine. Dawn will take you on a journey you will never forget. As she weaves the story of her life from surviving the darkest depths of human suffering to her emergence as a national voice for throwaway teens, you will cry and you will laugh, but more than anything, and you will be inspired."
- AMERICANS OVERSEAS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRISIS CENTER
"I had the pleasure of meeting Dawn when she did a presentation about human trafficking. Dawn is a inspiring person and I am honored to have been able to hear her speak and meet her. She gives me hope that victims of human trafficking can make it through and have a better life. Praise to Dawn for everything that she is and what she stands for. And thank you for giving me hope for a better future beyond being a human trafficking victim."
- L. SHELTON / SURVIVOR OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
"Dawn came to speak to law enforcement, attorneys, and advocacy groups. She did a phenomenal job of educating these community leaders! She was punctual, educational, and inspiring. Working with Dawn was truly a pleasure and she is welcome to touch the hearts of the Springfield community anytime!"
- DR. KISHA HAMILTON, FORMER PRESIDENT, CITIZEN'S ADVISORY BOARD, SPRINGFIELD, MO