Steven Tyler starts charity for abused, neglected girls

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith has launched a new fund to help girls who have been abused and neglected.

Janie’s Fund will raise money and awareness to help Youth Villages, a private non-profit organization, give care and therapies to girls with histories of abuse and neglect.

The name comes from Tyler’s 1989 hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” which was born out of his growing desire to speak up for victims of child abuse.

According to a release, each year, one of five girls in the United States experiences sexual abuse.

“As a father and grandfather, I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world along with my music,” Tyler said. “I am starting Janie’s Fund to give a voice to the millions of victims who haven’t had one and encourage everyone to join me on this mission.”

Janie’s Fund kicked of Sunday, No. 8, the anniversary of the release of “Janie’s Got a Gun” with 54 days of impact. Anyone who signs up to support Janie’s Fund during these 54 days becomes a founding member and receives limited-edition merchandise from Tyler.

Fans can visit Prizeo.com/StevenTyler to become a member and register for the chance to win an experience with Tyler.

The Ultimate Rock Icon Experience will include walking the red carpet and VIP backstage passes to Tyler’s new solo album release part and concert, as well as the chance to hang with Tyler before and after the show.

For more information, please visit JaniesFund.org or call 901-251-5000.

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