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Steven Tyler Opens Another Home to Help Abused Girls

Aerosmith singer says the project 'does my heart and my soul good'
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2019 5:03 PM CST
Steven Tyler, shown in 2017, has helped create the second Janie's House.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – Janie's got a new home. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith has helped establish a refuge for abused girls near Memphis. "This does my heart and my soul good," Tyler said at the dedication Monday. WJHL reports Tyler donated $500,000 to renovate Janie's House, which is named for the abused girl in the Aerosmith song, "Janie’s Got a Gun." About 14 girls at a time will stay in the house while receiving counseling and support.

Tyler said he decided to help after speaking with victims in a treatment center. "All the girls I met had been abused either physically, mentally, verbally," he said. Tyler first started Janie’s Fund in 2015, then helped create the first Janie's House for girls ages 12 to 18 in Georgia in 2017, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Tennessee facility is the second, but "I'm gonna bring this Janie's Fund with me wherever I go," the singer said Monday. "It’s like a dream come true." The fund has raised about $4 million so far. (Tyler doesn't want President Trump using his songs.)

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