Brookings, OR - Southwestern Oregon Community College, the Brookings and Gold Beach Soroptimist clubs, the Gold Beach Education Fund, and Oasis House have joined together to bring Dawn Schiller to speak in Brookings. Schiller was a victim of human trafficking. Her book The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes is a memoir of how she became involved with porn star John Holms when she was fifteen. Holmes abused her physically and emotionally and manipulated her with drugs and alcohol. Schiller eventually broke free and turned Holmes over to the police.
Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking regardless of age, education, or race. Traffickers often prey on people who lack employment opportunities, have an unstable home life, have a history of sexual abuse, or those simply hoping for a better life – conditions present in all portions of society. To help prevent other teens from experiencing a similar fate, Schiller founded a nonprofit called E.S.T.E.A.M., Empowering Successful Teens through Education, Awareness and Mentoring to help at-risk teens and raise awareness on the issues they face.
Schiller will speak at the Curry Campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College in Brookings in the Krieger Community Room at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2. This free presentation is open to the public.
For more information contact Dotty Denny at 541-247-7385, Karyn Dagenais at 541-661-2591, or Aleta Mankamyer at 541-813-1671.