FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 21, 2015
Contact: Wendy Dwyer
Photos: Inner Truth board members Brian Gardner, Serena Munoz-Frank, Carissa Zerga, Founder Mindi Fetterman, and Tatiana, Will, and John Dyer of Dyer Chevrolet.
Before the age of 18, one out of every four girls and one out of every six boys in the United States has been sexually abused. And yet sexual abuse is still not something we talk about, which often leaves the victims feeling guilty, ashamed, and somehow responsible. Fortunately, for the past three years, the Treasure Coast has been home to the Inner Truth Project. The Inner Truth Project Center is a place where talking about what happened is okay. Since its inception, this quiet place that flies under the radar has been able to help over 500 individuals of all ages deal and heal from sexual assault and abuse. Last week, the Inner Truth Project was awarded the Dyer Difference Award and was recognized and honored by Tatiana, Will, and John Dyer, along with the entire family at Dyer Chevrolet in Fort Pierce. In addition to a plaque and recognition, the Dyer Difference Award, whose recipient is chosen by members of the Dyer Chevrolet staff, provides a $3,000 check to recipients to help promote the mission of their St. Lucie County non-profit organization.
Mindi Fetterman, founder of the Inner Truth Project and a survivor of rape and sexual abuse, said that the assistance and support from the Dyer Difference Award means the world to the individuals who come to the Inner Truth Project looking for answers, help, and a way to move forward. One example is Cody*, an IRSC student in the Law Enforcement Program, who learned about Inner Truth through a speaker in a Student Success class. He’d never shared the story before, but as a child, he’d been assaulted by not one, but two ‘family friends.’ Learning that it was okay to talk about and that there is a resource will help make Cody a better cop and will give him a resource to help others.
Then there’s Trina*, a bright and eloquent teenager, whose response to being sexually abused in her home was to begin acting out and flunking out at school. The moment she stepped through the door at the Inner Truth Project, she said her life began to change, and she began to feel safe to talk – not just at support meetings, but to teachers, counselors, law enforcement, everywhere. ITP not only helped Trina save herself, but countless others.
Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff meet to review the applications which have been submitted and select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and $3,000 award. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff, it’s all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook.