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FRANKFORT, Ky (LEX 18) The Attorney General's Office recognized Kentucky Victims' Rights Day at the Capitol Wednesday.

Victims of violence were there for the ceremony, including Tonya Lindsey and Tammy Adams who met after both of their sons were killed.

“He was there visiting his son, his four-week-old son, and a gentleman decided that he shouldn't come home that night,” said Adams.

Adams' son, Jaleel Raglin, was killed in September 2012 when he was just 16-years-old.

Lindsey's son was also 16 when he was shot in July of 2013. His name was Ezavion Lindsey.

After losing both of their sons, the two women came together to try and help others.

“That's how I got to know her. So I kind of take some of my tragedy and I’ve turned it around and I advocate for gun violence victims,” said Lindsey.

The Attorney General's Office of Victims' Advocacy hosted the ceremony at the capitol. The Survivors Council was created back in January. The group helps in matters related to victims of crime, including improving services and raising awareness.

Women and men who have experienced violence, sexual assault, trafficking and other crimes were at the ceremony to recount person stories.

“The vision of my brother, trying to stand after the brutal beating, that brought about his death still haunts me daily. I still move forward,” said Michelle Buchanan. "I will give our trauma a purpose.”

"It's very powerful because I think for a long time you feel very un-empowered,” said Adams.

Adams said she hopes these sorts of events can help empower more people. 

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