PRNewsFoto/Youth VillagesThanks to his work with the recently-launched charity Janie’s Fund, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler‘s has been chosen to receive the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations’ 2016 Humanitarian Award.

The rock legend will be presented with the honor at the organization’s 2016 Ambassadors’ Ball on December 3 at the Metropolitan Club of New York.

Janie’s Fund, which Tyler launched last year in partnership with the Youth Villages nonprofit organization, seeks to help young women and children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse. The charity’s name was inspired by the Aerosmith hit “Janie’s Got a Gun.”

“As a father to three daughters, a son, and, now [as] 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,” Tyler says in a statement. “All abuse is wrong — verbal, physical, sexual, emotional.”

He adds, “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.”

The money raised by Janie’s Fund is being used by Youth Villages to provide more than 18,000 days of care, directly helping over 300 in-need girls.

Mel Gee Henderson, co-chair of the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations, says of choosing Tyler for the Humanitarian award, “We came to realize Steven Tyler is not only a gifted composer and musician with a great big voice, but a soul with an even bigger heart who sincerely wants to help those suffering from the horrific pain of abuse.”

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