For Hometown News
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- According to statistics, every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. Where would you go to learn to cope with the pain, the anger, the distrust if it happened to you?
If you live on the Treasure Coast, the answer would now be the Inner Truth Project Center, discreetly nestled on Reserve Park Trace in St. Lucie West.
The first of its kind in the area, the ITP Center offers a vast variety of programs ranging from support group meetings which will allow for a safe and secure avenue for women to share their stories, to counseling and holistic classes designed to engage the mind, body and spirit.
For Mindi Fetterman, founder and executive director, the mission of the Inner Truth Project is personal. Having endured the trauma of sexual violence herself, Ms. Fetterman knows what it feels like to not have resources available when you are dealing with the confusion and shame that imbeds itself and remains deep inside of you for years after the violation has taken place.
"Everyone who has ever been in this situation needs to have a safe venue to release their inner truth," Ms. Fetterman says. "Our mission is to transform victims of sexual assault, into strong and confident survivors."
The nonprofit has already started with support groups in Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, and is working towards the opening of the ITP center.
But before this non-profit center can officially open its doors, several items are needed to better serve their clients.
"We have an Arts and Resource Room but no art supplies," Ms. Fetterman said. "We have a Presentation Room but need a projector, TV, chairs, podium, microphone and loud speaker system. We have a Fitness Room but need mats, proper flooring and exercise equipment. Donations of any kind would be so appreciated."
For more information on the Inner Truth Project, please contact Mindi Fetterman at (561) 909-9991, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the Inner Truth Project Facebook page.