Children have a friend in Harley Davidson

By Nicole Burgess

The rev of a Harley Davidson and the pitch black leather and the rugged biker exterior lead most people to draw the conclusion that biker men and women are dangerous. Not all bikers fit into the typical stereotype of dangerous and calloused.

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) is a biker organization whose goal is to make abused children feel safe inside and outside of their homes. These ‘guns for hire’ are typically asked to intervene by law enforcement or a parent. The BACA is, appropriately, “No child deserves to live in fear.”

According to the BACA’s mission statement, this group “…exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live.”

For people who aren’t familiar with the organization, how these men and women go about protecting the abused children, may be a subject of confusion. They go about these missions in as personal of a way as they can.

The initial visit of the BACA to a child usually begins by the BACA chapter, in its entirety, ride their bikes to the child’s home. The roar of these motorcycles announces that they are coming with an army. The child is then given a vest with the BACA patch sewn on, along with other gifts typically donated by the public. The presence of these men and women is enough to send out word that the child has leather clad angels protecting them.

Children are then given the number of two primary contact personnel – members of the BACA that live geographically close to them, have ridden within the chapter for a year, have passed a criminal background check and have received instruction from the Licensed Mental Health Professional. If ever a child feels threatened, they can call upon their primary contacts of the BACA who will promptly ride out to the child’s home and provide any protection or comforting necessary.

We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner,” says the BACA mission statement. “However, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.”

The men and women of the BACA are certainly knights in shining leather and are lending a hand throughout their community.

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