Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Opens A Women's Shelter For Abused Girls
The Aerosmith song 'Janie's Got A Gun' is a bit of a rough listen, focusing on a girl shooting her dad in revenge for the sexual abuse he inflicted upon her.
Now the rock band's frontman, Steven Tyler, has carried on the song's legacy by opening a women's shelter for abused girls just outside Atlanta, Georgia.
Tyler opened the home, named Janie's House, in a nod to the 1989 track, with a "scarf cutting" last Wednesday at the facility in Douglasville, Georgia.
Janie's House is based at the Inner Harbour campus run by Youth Villages, which is a non-profit organisation helping troubled children and their families.
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Speaking with CNN, Tyler said it was difficult for him to grasp the horrors the home's new residents had been through. "You can see in their faces and hear in their voices how broken they are," Tyler said.
The OAP rocker explained that his decision to start his charity, Janie's Fund, stemmed from a stint in rehab, where he saw just how many women found themselves there due to their struggles to cope with abuse.
"While I was in (rehab), I found out most of the women in there were battered and beaten and abused verbally and sexually in huge numbers," he said. "It was like seven out of 10, eight out of 10."
"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 added. "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."
Janie's Got A Gun was an mega hit for Aerosmith when it came out, in part thanks to a video directed by future Oscar-winning director David Fincher.
It's good to see that the song's legacy lives on with its issues just as relevant now as they were 30 years ago.
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