Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has opened a women’s shelter for abused girls

Tyler teamed up with Youth Villages' Inner Harbour campus for 'Janie's House'

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has opened a women’s shelter for abused girls just outside Atlanta.

The home is called Janie’s House and is said to be inspired from the 1989 Aerosmith song ‘Janie’s Got a Gun’.

The song’s theme centre around child abuse and incest and it reportedly took Tyler nine months to finish writing the lyrics.

Tyler opened the shelter with a “scarf cutting” on Wednesday (Dec 6) at the facility at Youth Villages’ Inner Harbour campus in Douglasville, Georgia.

You can see Tyler at the opening in the Instagram video below.

Speaking to CNN, Tyler said it was difficult to understand what the residents had been through. “You can see in their faces and hear in their voices how broken they are,” he said.

“While I was in (rehab), I found out most of women in there were battered and beaten and abused verbally and sexually in huge numbers,” he said. “It was like seven out of 10, eight out of 10.”

“I can only speak from my own 12-stepness, which is to say when you have an ‘ism’ which you wish was a ‘wasim,’ you need therapy,” he said. “I’m hoping that they get some tools, some advice, some ways to work stuff out, some words of wisdom that they can then live by.”

In 1973, Tyler – then 27 – began dating 16-year-old Julia Holcomb. In a 2011 essay, Holcomb recounted their relationship in which she explains how her mother signed over guardianship to Tyler.

Holcomb became pregnant with Tyler’s child and Tyler later asked her to marry him. However, after his parents and grandmother didn’t give their blessing, Holcomb says their relationship went south.

The essay also details a fire in the couple’s apartment, which landed Holcomb in hospital. She says that Tyler then pressured her to have an abortion at five months pregnant because of the smoke damage to her lungs and the oxygen deprivation she had suffered.

You can read the full essay here.

In September, Aerosmith confirmed that four South American shows were cancelled due to Tyler’s ill health, citing at the time “unexpected medical issues”. It was later claimed that Tyler had suffered a seizure following the band’s concert in Sao Paulo.

Tyler later denied that he had a seizure.

“It breaks my heart to have left this tour early. The band has never played better,” he wrote, going on to reveal that he had returned to the US to undergo an unspecified procedure.

“I give you all an A+ for creative speculations but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure,” Tyler stated. “I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States could perform.”