“What did her daddy do
It’s Janie’s last I.O.U.
She had to take him down easy
And put a bullet in his brain
She said ’cause nobody believes me
The man was such a sleaze
He ain’t never gonna be the same”
–Janie’s Got A Gun, Aerosmith
On February 5, Janie’s House came to life for both Aerosmith singer, Steven Tyler, and the hundreds of abused girls throughout Tennessee.
In a special project, Youth Villages has partnered with Tyler for the opening of Janie’s House, as a home for abused girls.
“This does my heart and my soul good,” Tyler exclaimed. “This is real.”
Tyler’s foundation, Janie’s Fund, is responsible for nearly $500,000 project that provides a safe space for abused and neglected girls in the Memphis area. Fans may remember Aerosmith’s greatest hit, ‘Janie’s Got A Gun,’, which served as Tyler’s inspiration.
“The song was literally about a girl that was abused,” he said. The house, located in Bartlett, will serve up to 30 girls annually and provide access to medical and therapeutic care.
According to one of the girls, there will be group sessions where there will be a discussion of topics on how to help with anger and/or identifying the girls’ goals and values.
“I’m going to bring this Janie’s Fund wherever I go; it’s like a dream come true.”