Adrian Perry

Adrian Perry is an advocate, mother, and spouse of an active duty Marine.  After completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University, she married her husband Breck Perry and moved to Quantico, Virginia in 2002. When the Perry’s moved to Oahu, Hawaii in 2003, Adrian discovered her passion for early childhood development.  She attended Honolulu Community College where she took several Early Childhood courses while serving as the Director of a Preschool in Honolulu.

 

In 2005, their first child was born and Adrian became a dedicated mother of three girls over the last thirteen years and eight duty-stations across the United States and Japan.  Throughout that time, Adrian has served as a substitute teacher, volunteer reading instructor, volunteer for multiple infantry battalions, and volunteer children’s ministry teacher.

 

In 2016, the Perry Family personally experienced the hurt and pain that comes with sexual assault and also endured the exhaustion that comes with pursuing justice in the Military Justice System.  Since this heartbreaking event, Adrian and her family have built resilience and become stronger than ever as a family.  Adrian has put her recent experiences and energy into assisting sexual assault survivors and their families find the resources they need to know their rights, better understand military law, and seek the assistance they need to navigate the challenging and often emotionally frustrating legal system in the pursuit of justice.

 

From 2017 to 2018, Adrian has testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Child Sexual Assault in the military and has spoken on Capitol Hill in support of the Military Justice Improvement Act.  Adrian has spoken to several Senators, Representatives and their staff in an effort to shine light on current legislative inadequacies for sexual assault survivors in the United States Military, while recommending the necessary changes to ensure justice is served for sexual assault survivors and their families.  She offered suggestions for the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.  Adrian is a Co-Founder of Survivors United, an organization that is dedicated to providing peer-to-peer support and resources for individuals who have been sexually assaulted by U.S. Service members.

 

Adrian is currently living overseas in Okinawa, Japan with her family, and completing her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies (Pre-Law).

Kylisha Boyd

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In 2017, Kylisha Boyd completed a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a concentration in Human Services. Her coursework included classes in: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Mental Health and Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice, Psychology of Personality, Victimology, Interpersonal Communications, Criminology, and Ethics in Criminal Justice, among other related courses. She currently works as a DOD contracted civilian in the Security and Investigation field. Kylisha attends the local bi-annual Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) as a member of the public to include a survivor’s perspective. In addition, she spends much of her free time volunteering at a local rape crisis organization. She volunteers with the organization as an advocate answering calls for help to the 24/HR hotline, accompanying/advocating for survivors at the hospital for forensic exams, assisting with administrative shifts, and participating in special events.

Kylisha has lived in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area for over the last 20 years. She has had a unique perspective as a civilian living in a heavily military populated area. She worked as a store associate at the local Base Exchange for four years prior to her assault, and found a higher respect for military service members, veterans, and their families. In 2016, Kylisha encountered an active duty service member who sexually assaulted her. After experiencing the courts martial process, she decided to become an advocate for survivors. She began working with others to identify gaps in services and resources available to survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and their families, and this is how she came to be one of the co-founders of Survivors United. Kylisha has met with members of Congress to help identify where improvements are needed. She also testified before the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense (DACIPAD) in military sexual assault cases in 2018. Kylisha plans to continue to assist and support survivors and efforts to improve the military justice process.