When Steven Tyler checked himself into a treatment center for codependency, he learned that 90% of the women and girls he met there had been abused. He wanted to help so he started a charity called Janie’s Fund and donated $500,000 to help open a home for women and girls who have been abused or neglected called Janie’s House.

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Some of you may or may not know that domestic violence is behind many of my songs, event the rockin tunes. I’ve been told by successful men in the music and entertainment business not to ever talk about it… not to connect my music to domestic violence. I respect each of them, but here’s what I have to say about that…

The silence is what makes us sick and contributes to a toxic culture, systems, beliefs, attitudes, mindsets and laws where violence and abuse can thrive.

So I’m speaking up.

Abuse comes in many forms and at it’s core, it’s about control and manipulation. The perpetrator is responsible, not the victim. All too often, the lens is placed on the victim, which is wrong and puts the victims in more danger, which many times includes children (and pets by the way).

Domestic violence can completely derail a person’s life, income, mental/spiritual/physical health, relationships, energy, resources and more.

Often times, people don’t do anything about it until it hits close to home. I hope it never does for you, but we are all related. We are all brothers and sisters. And so essentially, it does hit close to home and it is everyone’s problem to address.

Music is medicine. It has helped me heal and continues to do so. It’s the driving force behind why I put the music out there. So I’ll continue to do so and hope that you will continue to support and encourage me (and others sharing their stories in order to make change) because it’s not an easy thing to do.

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin. All my relations.