Posted at February 09, 2018 by Marina Acton in Charity
On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. These numbers quantified by Steven Tyler's Janie's Fund – named after Aerosmith's 1989 hit song, "Janie's Got a Gun" – and partner organization Youth Villages, is being worked on to reduce drastically. Now, Tyler and the victims of abuse these organizations seek to help have a new ally; technology venture capitalist turned musician, Marina Acton.
Janie's Fund is Steven’s philanthropic initiative created to bring hope and healing for many of our country's most vulnerable girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. It seeks to accomplish this by offering residential accommodations for up to 30 girls per year, with access to 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support. These efforts are funded in large part by the Janie’s Fund Annual Gala. A star-studded event that most recently included the likes of Alice Cooper, former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Britney Spears, Bo Derek, Caitlyn Jenner, Cheech Marin, David Foster, Randy Jackson, and Pete Wentz, to name a few.
Marina Acton most graciously sponsored a table at the event which was hosted, among others, her friend Sharon Stone, who is also an outspoken advocate for causes which seek to end sex trafficking and abuse. One to lead by example, Marina Acton made a contribution in the amount of $100,000 to the fund which was able to raise a staggering $2.4 million dollars. When asked what inspired her to make such a generous donation, Marina Acton remarked, "Like many of the girls we’re trying to help, I too have a history of suffering similar abuses. My hope is this donation will become a megaphone for all victims who suffer in silence as well as a salve to anyone who’s been scarred by this kind of behavior."
If interested in joining Marina Acton in supporting Janie’s Fund or its partner Youth Villages please visit http://www.janiesfund.org to make a donation.