Anita Cantrell

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Easter Sunday, April 22, 1984, I, along with my brother and sister, experienced the trauma of becoming "Survivors of Homicide Victims." That day, forever changed our lives when our father was brutally murdered on the water's edge of the bank of Ft. Gibson Lake on Wahoo Bay in the Sequoyah Bay Park. The years that followed, which should have been fun years with our father loving his grandchildren while gracefully aging, became years of being exposed to the trauma of our father's brutal death, district attorneys, courtrooms, and media. Through my personal experience, spiritual journey and the strength of my father's love, I have come full circle in the traumatic event of homicide and its aftermath. I have now set out on an inspirational journey to improve the mental, emotional and spiritual care of "Survivors of Homicide Victims" in the aftermath of their traumatic experiences. On August 17, 2007, I arranged a meeting with otherrs in the community who caught the vision and incorporated a non-profit organization "V.O.I.C.E.S. Victim Services" to provide "Survivors of Homicide Victims" with the mental, emotional and spiritual care services needed to reconstruct their lives in the aftermath of their traumatic experience. On March 5, 2010 the Internal Revenue Services passed the determination of this organization as a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Public Charity.

Born in Missouri and spiritually launched from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I have learned to hear God's voice, to go where God's light is dim, where His voice is heard small, where His healing power is not known, through out the world. I have recognized that one of the avenues I can reach the world is through writing. I share this gift to the world and hope it brings healing, wholeness and peace as I go into areas where people are marginalized and pushed into the periphery while experiencing raw issues of life and suffering in silence. Often these issues have been the "forbidden" and "unspoken" areas of life within families, communities, society and the world. I invite you to come and journey along side me...