- Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) is an international nonprofit organization that serves as a support system for children who fall prey to family abuse.
- They rescue victims of child abuse and support them all the way.
- They even stand up in court with them to keep them feel safe and secured.
The Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) have been around for twenty years now, but their noble work has only recently been recognized.
BACA is an international nonprofit which recruits volunteer bikers to serve as a support system for children who fall prey to family abuse.
They have members all over the world, such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
They undergo thorough background checks and training to handle difficult situations.
They would give their own BACA vest to the child they rescue and give them a fancy nickname like “Scooter” and “Pooh Bear.”
They would also visit the child upon request and keep him company in times he gets a visit from his abuser and is afraid. In case the child needs to give testimony in court, the bikers escort him and keep watch in the stand.
And all of that is done for free!
Since the group is a nonprofit, they would use their own money for expenses. One time, five of them pledged $100 each to treat a sexually abused teenage girl to get her hair and nails done and buy new clothes.
John Paul Lilly, a clinical social worker and professor, came up with the idea in 1995 when he had an encounter with a bullied boy who was too afraid to leave home. John had the same experience, only that he had biker friends who stood by him.
“They became my family,” John says. “I just never felt more secure than when I was with them.”
“Bikers have a soft spot for kids,” John, who has been a biker since his teens, said. “I couldn’t quote you a figure, but I know that a lot of bikers had been abused as kids. When they see a chance to step in and release some of their own demons, they have no problem standing up for a child. It was just such a natural fit.”
“The biker image is what makes this work,” volunteer biker Rembrandt, 54, said. “Golfers against child abuse does not have the same feel. The pink alligator shirt and golf shoes standing in the driveway doesn’t do the same thing.”
“When we tell a child they don’t have to be afraid, they believe us,” another BACA volunteer, Pipes, says. “When we tell them we will be there for them, they believe us.”
Source: Tank’s Good News