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Steven Tyler to receive humanitarian award for work with victims of abuse and neglect

Rock icon Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith fame, will receive a humanitarian award for his work with Youth Villages.

The legend will be celebrated by the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations thanks to his own charity Janie's Fund, which strives to support women who suffer neglect and abuse. Speaking about the honour, he said:

"As a father to three daughters, a son, and, now a grandfather, it broke my heart to learn that each year in America alone 700,000 children are victims of serious abuse or neglect and 68,000 will be sexually abused. All abuse is wrong - verbal, physical, sexual, emotional."

"We need to have better ways as parents to help our children and support them. Way too many kids are experiencing abuse, and we want to change that. Enough is enough. I personally know how addiction can fracture lives. I don't wish that on anyone. To use my voice and the voices of many others to help these girls once again find their voice is my mission."

Co-chair of the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations (HCUND), Mel Gee Henderson, added: "In choosing this year's recipient, we searched diligently to find the humanitarian whose efforts are in harmony with the Secretary General, who will be saluted at this year's Ambassadors' Ball as his decade of UN leadership ends on December 31."

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Watch Tyler talking about why he created Janie's Fund here:

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