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News |  10 Nov 2015 15:57 |  By RnMTeam

Janie's Fund: Steven Tyler launches noble initiative to help child abuse victims

MUMBAI: In 1989, Aerosmith released the hit single 'Janie's Got a Gun' from their album ‘Pump’, which revolved around the troubled relationship between a girl and her father. 26 years later, Steven Tyler, the band’s frontman, has announced an initiative called 'Janie's Fund' that will focus on raising awareness and money for troubled girls who have suffered sexual abuse.

Tyler, who took to Twitter to announce the fund with the hashtag #JaniesGotAFund, will partner with Youth Villages with an aim of bringing hope and stability to victims of neglect and constant abuse. The philanthropic initiative includes intensive in-home services, residential treatment services, YVLifeSet services for girls aging out of foster care, and experimental therapies such as therapeutic drumming.

The iconic songwriter and prolific voice of legendary American band Aerosmith, Tyler said, "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. 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."

The 57-year-old launched an online fund raiser through Prizeo which enables fans to contribute towards the cause that will be running for 54 days from 8 November, the day that marks the 26th anniversary of 'Jamie's got a Gun'. Those contributing towards the fund during the 54 days become a founding member and will receive limited-edition merchandise from Tyler.

Youth Villages has passionately worked towards the welfare of abused girls, made a difference to around 10,000 girls in the last 10 years. With Tyler, the organisation expects to reach 4,000 such girls in 12 states, and Washington D.C.

"Youth Villages is thrilled to work with the legendary Steven Tyler to help fulfil his dream of helping these most vulnerable children in our country," said Patrick Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages. "We use the latest science on children's developing brains and what works to help them heal from trauma. We appreciate Steven using his big voice on these girls' behalf."