Saturday morning I attended the Youth Summit Event at Port Naz Church, with a close friend. When we arrived, we received our name-tags and were lead to the main seating hall. There we were given background information on a guest speaker we were about to hear. Her name was Dawn Schiller and she was part of a domestic violence case with a man name, John Holmes, that was well known in the late 80's early 90's. They told us that she wrote a book, and there was a movie made about her. The man she was with was part of the "Wonderland Murders" in Los Angeles in 1989 and the movie was know as Wonderland, featuring Kate Bosworth, as Dawn, and Val Kilmer, as John. She soon came to the stage and began her story. When this abuse, and manipulation started in her life, she was 15. That instantly made me think of myself.
Her story was so intense and so genuine, that it made me think about my life, and other lives that have experience sexual assault. It made me realize that there may never be an end to sexual assaults or domestic violence, but if we share our voice, and our stories, with even just a few people, we are making a change. So today I am making the decision to tell my story and make a change.
It is always difficult to tell a personal and intense story of your own life to the whole world, but you learn that you are stronger and you can potentially save someone else's life. It always astounding to think that people overcome these horrific situations, and become amazing people, that are awe-inspiring.
When I listened to this story it made me think of the whole world who has experienced the same, and similar situations. How scared and petrified are people to tell the truth about sexual assault?
On this Website http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-sexual-assault it gives you ELEVEN facts of sexual assaults that happen everyday in the world! Become educated with the world today and know the reality of what happens.
"Be the change you want to see in the world" -Gandhi