Once, Janie had a gun, and now, she's got a fund and a house that helps victims of violence and abuse. On December 7, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler took to Instagram to announce the opening of Janie's House, a new residential center that will provide support to survivors of abuse and neglect.
Created as an extension of Janie's Fund, a philanthropic initiative by Steven Tyler and Youth Villages, the facility is located in Douglasville just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. It offers accommodations for up to 30 people annually, including 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support.
The name, just like fund's title, was inspired by Tyler's 1989 song "Janie's Got A Gun," which tells a story of a young girl who was abused by her father. According to the Youth Villages press release:
"Tyler has long had a desire to help with this issue, leading back to the 1980s when he was in a program for his personal recovery.
There, he heard a story of a woman who had experienced incredibly painful and debilitating sexual abuse as a child and how those gruesome events put her on a path of suffering that eventually led to her abusing drugs to mask the pain."
Tyler's goal was to create a safe space for women and girls to share their problems and get appropriate help from professionals. Describing Janie's House, the musician said: "It's a safe haven, and more than anything, it gives them a voice."
Looking at the impressive things Tyler has already achieved through Janie's Fund – with donations from more than 38 countries and philanthropic influencers such as Bono, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears the fund has raised more than $2.5 million and helped over 520 girls – we're certain his latest initiative will be of equal success.