Welcome to Support for Survivors — a podcast dedicated to survivors of sexual abuse. Regardless of where you are in your path to healing, we will be bringing you information and resources to help you along the way.
Our podcast host is Shaunestte Terrell. She’s a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and was assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit. For the past 10 years, Shaunestte has dedicated her legal career to serving the needs of vulnerable people. Shaunestte now works alongside Greg Laker who chairs the sexual abuse litigation team at Cohen & Malad, LLP.
Shaunestte will be speaking with guests including prosecutors, sexual assault nurses, survivor advocates, and survivors themselves.
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Episode 1 – Welcome to our show!
Meet Shaunestte and learn how this podcast is designed to help survivors of sexual abuse.
Please join us on this journey. We encourage you to submit questions, suggestions for interview guests, and feedback via our website www.supportforsurvivors.com. Follow our host Shaunestte Terrell on Twitter @Shaunestte . You can also find us on Instagram, here: @support.for.survivors.
Episode 2 – LEGISLATIVE REFORM
Interview with Marci Hamilton and Kathryn Robb
Shaunestte will be talking with Marci Hamilton — Founder, CEO and Legal Director of Child USA and Kathryn Robb — Executive Director of Child USAdvocacy about the exceptional work they have done across the United States to advocate for reforms to child sexual abuse legislation.
Episode 3 – Race & Sexual Assault
Interview with Courtney Curtis
Shaunestte will be talking with Courtney Curtis, Assistant Executive Director for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council (IPAC) about the impact that race has had on the reporting and prosecution of sexual assault cases against Black women in the United States and the change that is needed.
Please visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture website for Talking About Race
Follow IPAC on Twitter @INProsecutors
Episode 4 – Senator Aaron Freeman
Interview with Indiana State Senator Aaron Freeman
Shaunestte will be talking with Indiana State Senator Aaron Freeman about the work he has done in the legislature to increase the amount of time sexual abuse survivors have to file a civil claim against their perpetrators.
Follow Senator Freeman on Twitter @FreemanForIndy
Episode 5 – Stop Victim Blaming
Interview with Tracey Horth Krueger
Shaunestte will be talking with Tracey Horth Krueger Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking about the issue of victim blaming in cases involving sexual assault. ADVISORY: in this episode Shaunestte and Tracey discuss specific cases of sexual assault. This content can be triggering. Listen with caution.
Episode 6 – A Champion for Children
Interview with Eric Hoffman
Shaunestte will be talking with Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hoffman about his work holding perpetrators of child sexual and physical abuse accountable for their actions. Eric talks about a few cases that made a big impact on his career and the role that all adults have in protecting children from abuse.
Episode 7 – What Drives Us
Interview with Greg Laker and Amina Thomas
Shaunestte will be talking with Greg Laker, partner and chair of the personal injury practice and sexual abuse litigation team at Cohen & Malad, LLP and Amina Thomas, attorney and fellow sexual abuse litigation team member.
Episode 8 – Survivor Story: Eileen
Interview with Eileen, a sexual assault survivor
Shaunestte will be talking with Eileen who will share her story. Warning: this episode may be triggering for some. Listen with caution.
Episode 9 – Election 2020
Interview with Ashley Klein Indiana House of Representatives District 39 Candidate
Shaunestte will be talking with Ashley Klein a candidate for Indiana House of Representatives District 39. They will discuss Ms. Klein’s “future focused” campaign and her desire to protect children as well as increase resources for education and build a stronger community.
Episode 10 – How Jenny’s Law Helps Survivors
Interview with Indiana State Senator Michael Crider, District 28
Shaunestte talks with Indiana State Senator Michael Crider about the work that went into the creation and adoption of Jenny’s Law and how that legislation helps sexual assault survivors and more.
Episode 11 – Survivor Story: Eric
Interview with Eric, A Sexual Abuse Survivor
Shaunestte will be talking with Eric who will share his story. This is a special two-part episode. Warning: this episode may be triggering for some. Listen with caution.
Episode 12 – Survivor Story: Eric part 2
Part 2 of Interview with Eric, A Sexual Abuse Survivor
Tune in to the conclusion of Shaunestte’s discussion with Eric. Warning: this episode may be triggering for some. Listen with caution.
Episode 13 – Sexual Assault Examinations
Interview with Barbra Bachmeier, JD, MSN, APRN, NP-C, DF-AFN, FAEN
Shaunestte talks with nurse attorney Barbra Bachmeier about sexual assault examinations. They will discuss the purpose of the exam as well as general procedures that sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) follow to gather evidence that will assist law enforcement as well as provide after-care resources for the patient.
Episode 14 – Why Therapy Is Important For Survivors
Interview with Dr. Lisa Elwood
Shaunestte talks with clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Elwood about the effects sexual trauma has on the mental health of sexual abuse survivors. They discuss how therapy can help people struggling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and negative behaviors that can arise as a result of sexual trauma.
Episode 15 – Season 2 Kickoff
Welcome to Season 2 of Support For Survivors! We are happy to return for another season and continue these important conversations. Shaunestte gives a brief description of what’s in store for listeners. Thanks for tuning in.
Episode 16 – Serial Predator Jeffrey Epstein
Tune in to this first in a series of episodes about the legal battle against serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. Shaunestte and producer Jaime will talk about who Epstein was and discuss the events that led to James Patterson’s book Filthy Rich: The Jeffrey Epstein Story, attorney Bradley Edwards’ Book Relentless Pursuit: My fight for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, and the Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, which was based on James Patterson’s book.
Episode 17 – Relentless Pursuit of Epstein
This is our second episode in the Epstein series. We invited attorney Bradley Edwards to talk with us about his book Relentless Pursuit: My fight for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein. Due to scheduling issues, Brad has not been able to speak with us yet. However, in this episode Shaunestte and Producer Jaime briefly talk about the unique perspective of this case that Brad provides with his book.
Episode 18 – Making the Epstein Documentary
Interview with Lisa Bryant, Director of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich Documentary
This is the third episode of our Jeffrey Epstein series. Shaunestte interviews Lisa Bryant, the Director, Executive Producer and Showrunner of the Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich documentary that appears on Netflix. We are so excited to have Lisa on our show and talk about her experience in making the award- winning four-part series. Lisa discusses the importance of allowing the women who came forward and reported their abuse the appropriate space and time to share their truth along with interesting case developments that evolved while filming. Thank you to Lisa for not only giving these survivors a platform but also taking the time to talk with Shaunestte about her work.
Episode 19 – Survivor Story: Michelle
Interview with Michelle, A Sexual Assault Survivor
Host Shaunestte Terrell talks with Michelle a sexual assault survivor. Michelle shares her story and her personal path to healing which she documents in her book Found: Triumph Over Fear with Grace and Gratitude. Warning- this episode may be triggering to some people. Listen with care.
Episode 20– Serial Predator Larry Nassar
Tune in to this first in a series of episodes about the Netflix documentary Athlete A and the sexual abuse of female athletes at USA Gymnastics. We will discuss the toxic culture, cover-ups, and overall failure to protect these girls from sexual predators like team physician Larry Nassar, coach John Geddert and others.