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Steven Tyler’s had an incredible career, but not even a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame trumps his latest achievement as he celebrates the opening of Janie’s House for abused and troubled girls. Located just outside of Atlanta, Janie’s House opened last night (Wednesday, December 6th) with Steven on hand for the 30-bed facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony; with a staff that includes therapists and doctors on hand to treat any health issues residents may have, Janie’s House is the culmination of Tyler’s mission to use his influence to pay it forward and bring our nation’s most vulnerable the much needed care, protection, and safe haven they need.
Of Janie’s House, Tyler says, “When girls come in and they’re broken and battered and have their problems, it’s a place for them to go; it’s a safe haven. More than anything, it gives them a voice; that’s what we want at the end. For them to be able to figure out what’s going on and get good from the inside out, and be able to pass it on.”
It All Comes Back To Janie’s Fund
Described as “a big voice for abused girls,” Janie’s Fund was founded by Steven Tyler in a mission to bring awareness to the abuse and neglect of children, particularly girls. Before the age of 18, 1 in 5 girls will suffer devastating sexual and/or physical abuse, leaving behind unimaginable psychological scars; that’s where Janie’s Fund and now, Janie’s House step in.
With the help of Janie’s Fund and Janie’s House, millions of girls and young women across America will be able to receive the help, care, and financial support required to work through their traumas, and move forward with the tools required to move about the world as they were intended to: happy, healthy, and whole.
“It makes my heart explode,” admits Tyler as he expresses his joy at seeing one of his greatest accomplishments finally come to fruition. “Yeah, it feels good to walk out and have people think, ‘There’s Steven Tyler from Aerosmith’ – it’s beautiful, it does feel good. But this helping these kids do something, get over something, try to work through something as I have in my life with my own addictions, to be able to do that? It’s just called passing it on.”
If you or someone you know may be experiencing abuse or neglect, please call the Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) or visit childhelp.org/hotline/for help. Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect, and reporting can save a child’s life. For state-specific info, visit Childwelfare.gov. Your call can protect a child and get help for a family.