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We recently were made aware of an international group of bikers that protect children that have been abused. Wisconsin has several chapters. We have asked “Pepper” – his real name is being protected – to share with us what this organization is and how does the local chapters get involved with children who have been abused.
B.A.C.A. ‘s Mission Statement
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) 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. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.
Podcast Notes and Links:
Captn Bob and Arlo had a blast at the Southeastern Wisconsin Car Club Meeting. It was cool to see all the local clubs and hear about what they have coming up in the area.
Later on today, Captn Bob and Arlo will be at the Schauer Arts Center to see the Beetles tribute show – http://www.schauercenter.org/
Rooms for the Automotion are going fast – Captn Bob and Arlo are staying at the Cedar Lodge http://cedarlodgedells.com/ and let them know Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio sent you.
Pepper – Bikers Against Child Abuse – http://bacaworld.org/ empowering children to no longer be afraid in the world in which we live.
Abused children aged 3-18 from neglect to physical abuse. The bikers work with the agencies that take care of the abused children. The child’s guardian is given BACA’s info and it is up to them to make contact with the organization. Once the contact is made, BACA contacts the local police to alert them to the biker group coming to the aid of the child. The child then becomes a part of the biker family.
The role of BACA is to help the child get rid of the fear in their life.
The first step is creating a connection between the child and BACA. 2 primary contacts from BACA are assigned to the child. The primaries meet with the child as much as they need until they no longer are afraid – but the child is always a part of the BACA family. If the child becomes afraid again (say the perpetrator of the fear is released), BACA is there. The child receives a vest with the road name they choose and the primaries will set up a schedule to aid the child.
BACA will go to court with the child as a presence to help allay their fears. BACA contacts the court systems so they are aware BACA will be attending and will work with them (sometimes the courts do not want the bikers in their normal biker attire.
It is over a year to become a BACA member. One needs to attend a bunch of meetings, be fingerprinted – yup, BACA checks your background, learn a bunch, work with a sponsor who helps them through the process. And, still be accepted – they watch who they allow in.
BACA will stay with the child until the child is no longer afraid – if it takes 24/7, BACA will do it.