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 Cookie and Irish at their national meeting in Vegas.
fort to convey the message “I am not alone, and you don’t want to mess with my family.” This is consid- ered a level 1 intervention and generally last about a half an hour.
Following this initial contact, the child is given the name and number of two B.A.C.A. Members re- siding geographically closest to them, who then be- come the child’s primary contacts. Prior to becom- ing the primary contacts for the child, the bikers are cleared for participation by passing an extensive background check, have ridden with the Chapter for at least a year, and have received special instruc- tions from a Licensed Mental Health Professional. Anytime the child feels scared and feels the need for the presence of his new B.A.C.A. family, the child may call upon these bikers to go to the child’s house and provide the necessary reassurance to feel safe and protected. B.A.C.A. Members also support the children by providing escorts for them if they feel scared in their neighborhoods, riding by their homes on a regular basis, supporting the children at court and parole hearings; attending their interviews, and; staying with the children if they are alone and fright- ened. The B.A.C.A. members never go to the child’s house alone and never without the knowledge or permission of the parents. Their Mission is not to be permanently engaged as the child’s power. But rath- er to help the children and their families learn how powerful they can be. B.A.C.A. makes their presence available as long as the child needs it. B.A.C.A. also holds other functions for the children such as bar- becues and parties.
Bikers Against Child Abuse will also attend
court with their wounded friends. The sole purpose for their physical presence is to assist the child in being less intimidated and frightened; and subsequently give an accurate testimony regarding his or her abuse. If the child requests that B.A.C.A. be present in the courtroom, the parent or guardian must petition the child’s attorney, who will then intercede on behalf of the child to the presiding Judge. Absolutely no physical confrontation of the perpetra- tor is tolerated by B.A.C.A. When possible, the two bikers assigned to the child as his or her primary contacts would be in atten- dance.
The B.A.C.A. organization stands ready to protect and empower children when they need it most. Their commitment is un- wavering. They give the child the strength to say “This is who did this to me.” The CEO of Clay Behavioral Health Systems had this to say. “If the abuser is in the courtroom, it’s
scary for a child. Having B.A.C.A. with them makes a big difference. Sometimes they’re perceived as big bad bikers, but to know that they’re on your side and fighting for you-that’s an awesome feeling for a kid.”
The most vulnerable in our society need to be protected, and B.A.C.A. stands ready to do that. If you would like to read more about how Bikers Against Child Abuse have helped children, go to their website and click on ‘B.A.C.A. News.’ If you would like to contact them here is the information.
IRISH; President; Western CT B.A.C.A.; 475-228- 6772.
Southington Magazine — Summer 2019

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