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by Roger Dietz has had contact determines that the child is still
   When a child is suffering abuse by a parent, guardian or other family member, it can some- times be difficult to get adequate protection quick enough. The legal system often has their hands tied and while the courts sift through the available rem- edies, the child can still be subject to abuse. This is particularly troubling if it’s a male parent or fam- ily member abusing a female child and the mother finds herself unable to stand up to him.
One line of defense a parent or guardian can bring in is B.A.C.A., Bikers Against Child Abuse. Established in 1995, B.A.C.A. exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. When a group of B.A.C.A. members roar in on their motorcycles for the sole purpose of protecting a child from abuse, the child feels safe and the perpe- trator gets a clear message. A registered non-profit 501c, B.A.C.A. is an
international orga-
nization with chap-
ters in 47 states and
17 countries. In 2013
they showed to-
tal revenue of over
$827,000 with no
paid salaries.
Here’s how help is made available. Bikers Against Child Abuse is organized with a central con- tact person to re- ceive calls from either a referring agency or an indi- vidual. A recognized, authorized agency with which the child
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frightened by his or her environment. The agency representative contacts B.A.C.A., or refers the in- dividual to contact B.A.C.A. and they ascertain the name and address of the child. B.A.C.A.’s child liaison verifies that the case has been reported and the authorities have been contacted, and the case in being processed within the system. The li- aison contacts the family and an initial ride is or- ganized to meet the child at their home or in some other location where the child will feel comfortable. The B.A.C.A. chapter rides to meet the child and he or she is given a vest with a B.A.C.A. patch sewn on the back and a road name, just like all the other bikers. The child is free to wear the vest or not, and they support that decision. The child is also given stickers, and a photograph of the child with his or her new biker family. If the child is afraid, it is their hope the child will use the photograph as a com.
  B.A.C.A. members stand ready to help abused children.
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