William Woods University social work students are collecting bears in preparation for a visit next week from Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.), an organization that exists to create a safer environment for abused children.
The goal of Bears for B.A.C.A. is to collect 100 bears to present to the bikers when they roar onto campus on their motorcycles Wednesday, April 16. They will share their stories at 6 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the WWU social work department.
B.A.C.A. helps abused children by providing a support group. Members put their passion to use by making children feel empowered and not afraid in their world. They visit the homes of abused children and often accompany them to court to give them a sense of security, believing that children who feel safe are more likely to provide the necessary evidence to prosecute child abusers. The bikers use road names to conceal their identities from perpetrators.
For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, social work program chair, at Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org.