ABC RadioLast month, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler unveiled a new charity initiative called Janie’s Fund that seeks to help young women and children who have been victims of sexual abuse.  To help promote the campaign, Tyler has enlisted a number of fellow big-name music artists, including U2‘s Bono, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears.

Steven sent each star one of his trademark jewel-encrusted microphone stands with colorful scarves tied around it, and they had photos taken with the stands that then were posted on their social media sites.

Janie’s Fund, which is named after Aerosmith’s 1989 hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” is a partnership with Youth Villages, a longstanding U.S. nonprofit that assists children with emotional and behavioral problems, as well as their families.  In a new video posted on Billboard.com, Tyler says, “I’m just hoping that through Youth Villages and through us launching this campaign that even we find words unspoken even yet, some new way to address [the issue of abuse]…and that there really, really, really are ways out.”

On the Janie’s Fund website, Tyler explains he was motivated to launch the charity by fans who were inspired to tell their stories by hearing “Janie’s Got a Gun.”  The singer is encouraging fans to donate to the cause via Prizeo.  Donors will receive various gifts and prizes depending how much they contribute.  Anyone who donates at least $5 automatically will be entered into a contest to win The Ultimate VIP Rock Experience, which includes the chance to walk the red carpet with Tyler and hang out with him backstage at the release party for his first solo album.

For more information, visit JaniesFund.org.

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Source: Classic Rock News