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After Years Of Planning, Steven Tyler Is Stepping Up To Help Abused Girls In A Big Way


After more and more sexual abuse allegations in the entertainment industry become public knowledge, one celebrity is reaching his long-time goal to make a difference in the lives of young women who have been abused.

Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler, said his dream has finally come true.

Ever since the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer co-wrote the band's hit song "Janie's Got a Gun" almost 30 years ago, he's wanted to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected girls.

The 1989 song is about a girl who shoots her father because he is sexually abusing her.

Tyler, a father of three daughters and one son, has finally brought his long-time vision to reality, and his story should inspire everyone in the entertainment industry.

He thought of Janie's Home, a shelter for abused and neglected girls and young women, even more while he was in rehab, after he met many women who suffered abuse and had a hard time turning their lives around.

"I found out most of women in there were battered and beaten and abused verbally and sexually in huge numbers," the rock star said. "It was like seven out of 10, eight out of 10."

Tyler was part of several charities in the past, but partnered with Youth Villages to start Janie's Fund, which is now located outside of Atlanta.

"It was always in my heart to have a Janie's house to take care of young and abused girls," he said in his Instagram post. "We did it with the help of youth villages and all, we got it going on now."

You can see Tyler at the opening in his video below.

Tyler participated in the "scarf cutting" ceremony last week at Youth Villages's Inner Harbour campus in Douglasville, Georgia.

“You can see in their faces and hear in their voices how broken they are,” he told CNN about the difficulty in understanding what these women have gone through.

Tyler said he hopes Janie's Home will provide a place of comfort for these individuals, and that it will provide them with resources and therapy to better their lives.

"I can only speak from my own 12-stepness, which is to say when you have an 'ism' which you wish was a 'wasim,' you need therapy," he said. "I'm hoping that they get some tools, some advice, some ways to work stuff out, some words of wisdom that they can then live by."

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