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Beyond The Stethoscope

Sep 22, 2020

Favorite quotes of the episode: 

“For me, I think success is just trying to figure out what you love to do and then be your very best at that.”

“When we shed light on issues victims/survivors are more comfortable coming forward and feeling like they are going to be believed.”

“People don’t really understand what a sexual assault victim goes through including the physiological effects on the body both at the time of the trauma and later on down the road.”

“Data is what actually leads to change.”

“There’s also an economic impact, such as loss of wages, unemployment.”

“Every single citizen in the state of Indiana is a mandatory reporter for child abuse. There is a national child abuse reporting hotline.” 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) Text, Call, or Chat.

Episode Overview Public Health Policy

Information for political candidates and voter resource guide.

In this episode, I talk with Shaunestte Terrell. She is an attorney on the Sexual Abuse Litigation Team at Cohen & Malad

Shaunestte brings years of experience prosecuting crimes of rape, child molest, human trafficking, and other crimes against protected persons. 

As the sole Deputy Prosecutor handling sex trafficking in Indianapolis, Shaunestte frequently participated in undercover investigations which she then prosecuted in state court or referred to the United States Attorney’s Office. 

Considered the subject matter expert in sexual assault and domestic violence for Indiana’s 91 elected Prosecuting Attorneys, Shaunestte developed state-wide prosecutor-based preventive law programs and developed curriculums for trial advocacy and substantive courses specific to these subject matters. 

Shaunestte served as Chairperson of the Indiana Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Council, Chairperson of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence Prevention & Treatment, on the Indiana Supreme Court’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council, and the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans Task Force, amongst others.

She’s also the host of the Support for Survivors Podcast.


  • Why sexual assault needs to be part of the conversation in politics.
  • How do we start to make this part of the conversation?
  • What’s important for political candidates and elected officials to know at the local, state, and federal level?
  • Where are the resources? Where are the gaps?
  • Statutes of Limitations Policy Reform
  • Data with stories vs. leading with stories. Does data help get policy reform passed?
  • Where can political candidates and voters go to learn more about this issue in their communities?
  • Economic Impact of public health policy

5 Questions Segment

Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? I’m an evening person so when I leave the office at night I make sure I have my list of priorities for the next day. Once I get into the office, I get my coffee, I do a morning meditation, then I get to work on that list of priorities.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? For me, I think success is just trying to figure out what you love to do and then be your very best at that.

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? I think it centers around two things, an overall sense of purpose and wellbeing of your life, the big picture items, and then some of the more fleeting emotions, joy, and contentment, and it’s going to ebb and flow throughout life.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? How little it really matters what anyone else thinks about you. Your own opinion is the most important.

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? Work-Life balance can be extremely difficult. It can be really easy for work to take over and you need to do what you need to do to recharge. 


Child USA:


Indiana Coalition to End Human Trafficking

National child abuse reporting hotline. 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) Text, Call, or Chat.

What political candidates need to know: Statistics and some basic information about the neurobiology of trauma.

Connect with Shaunestte

Twitter: @shaunestte


Instagram: @support.for.survivors

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