Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused girls

Memphis (KUSI) – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler was in Memphis, Tennesse to help open Janie’s House, a new facility for abused girls.

It’s located on the 82-acre campus for Youth Villages, which helps children and young people coping with emotional, mental, or behavioral problems.

Tyler donated about half a million dollars to the organization through his program, Janie’s Fund.

Tyler said he was motivated to do more because when he was in treatment for drug dependency, he noticed how many women in drug treatment had been abused.

“And to help one girl, because I’m in a 12-step program, and when I go to a meeting and I meet some kid in there that did something that I did and I take him aside and talk to him and go, ‘man, if I can do it you can do it.’ And I go back to the meeting a month later and that kid’s clean, I’m happy. One person.” said Tyler.

Janie’s House will help up to 30 girls a year who have been neglected or abused.

It will serve 14 girls at any given time, providing care and support 24 hours a day.

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