Back in 1989, Aerosmith released the dramatic song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” which told the story of a girl being abused by her family. And while that girl was fictional, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler never forgot the plight of that girl. So, he created Janie’s House.
On Monday (Feb. 4,) Tyler was in West Tennessee for the opening of his second Janie’s House, which will serve as a safe place and home for abused and neglected girls. The first Janie’s House opened in Atlanta back in 2017.
“You guys are doing this for so many people,” said Tyler at the opening of the center according to local reports. “This does my heart and my soul good. I’m gonna bring this Janie’s fund with me wherever I go. It’s like a dream come true.”
This particular center, which is located in Bartlett, Tennessee, will house 14 girls at a time – the same sort of girls that are dealing with some of the same problems that Tyler met when he spent time in a treatment center himself.
“All the girls I met had been abused either physically, mentally, verbally, you know,” Tyler recalled. “At least 90% of ‘em all.”
Perhaps one of the most emotional points of the opening ceremony was when one of those girls that will benefit from Janie’s House spoke in front of the crowd.
“The reason that I am at Janie’s House is because I experienced sexual abuse at the age of three,” said JaBrayia, a Janie’s House resident. “Through Janie’s House, I can learn a lot about my past and learn I was not the only one that had been through the same problems.”