Steven Tyler has launched a new philanthropic initiative that aims at raising money and awareness to help girls who have suffered sexual abuse, the singer announced today. For Janie's Fund, a nod to Aerosmith's 1989 hit "Janie's Got a Gun," Tyler will partner with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to those victims of neglect and abuse.
On Pump's "Janie's Got a Gun," Tyler tackles the issue of child abuse and incest in the song's lyrics, and the creation of Janie's Fund has been a longtime goal of Tyler's. "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," Tyler said in a statement. "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."
To help plant a foundation for Janie's Fund, Tyler has launched a Prizeo page filled with unique rewards for those who donate, ranging from t-shirts for $50 "Star" donors to $25,000 "Big Kahuna" donors who will receive a "VIP Mardi Gras Experience" with Tyler. There's also a Janie's Angel reward for donors of $75,000 that will include "dinner with Steven Tyler and receive one of his iconic scarf enrobed mic stands (with a working mic) as well as a limited edition signed and numbered framed copy of the 'Janie's Got a Gun' lyric sheet."
All donors will be entered into a raffle to win the "Ultimate VIP Rock Experience with Steven Tyler" prize, which will include walking down the red carpet with the rocker at his upcoming solo album's release party as well as the opportunity to hang out with Tyler backstage.
Tyler adds on the Janie's Fund Prizeo page, "Now...We can't undo what’s been done by abuse in this country...but we CAN let these girls know they are loved, get them the help they need, and assure them that there is MUCH LIGHT at the end of the tunnel.