Bikers Educate WWU Students About Protecting Children

Bikers,
often seen as tattooed and threatening roughnecks, are using their negative
stereotype to protect abused and frightened children.

Thirteen
members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.), an organization of
dedicated and compassionate bikers, visited William Woods University April 11
to share their mission.
 
Their
program was sponsored by the WWU social work department, in conjunction with
Child Abuse Awareness Month.
 
The
bikers explained that members of B.A.C.A. receive road names to protect their
identity from perpetrators. Children they help are also given road names.
 
B.A.C.A.
gives abused children a support group and a permanent family. Children are
admitted into “the family” by a short ceremony, during which the child receives
his or her own vest, kid’s patch and personal road name.
 
Through
intervention levels, which range from level one to four, B.A.C.A. provides
children a desperately needed support group. B.A.C.A. members are on call the
moment a child needs their support.
 
Members
will also go to court with a child to continue providing support. Children who
become part of the B.A.C.A. family exhibit improved communication skills and
are empowered to face their abusers in court.
 
Because
the organization aims to protect children, joining B.A.C.A.is no small task.
Everyone is required to go through in-depth background checks and participate
in a minimum one-year trial period.
 
“We
are from all walks of life,” said Rabbi. “We’re bikers, and we have issues with
child abuse.”
 
An
international organization, B.A.C.A. has a presence in seven countries. There
are 180 chapters within the U.S.; 14 are in Missouri.
 
According
to the bikers, becoming a member of B.A.C.A. is rewarding.
 
“If
I can empower one child to put a perp behind bars, my life is complete,” said
Torque.
 
Senior
Stephanie Chism, president of the Social Work club, was pleased with the event.
 
“To
most people, the combination of bikers and survivors of child abuse would never
have crossed their mind, but all it takes is one person who cares to see a need
and find a way to address it,” she said. “In my own pursuit of a social work
career, B.A.C.A. has taught me to use creativity to address needs I observe in
society.”
 
For
more information about B.A.C.A., visit www.bacaworld.org
If you or your child needs non-emergency assistance, call the B.A.C.A.
helpline at (800) 71ABUSE.
                                                                        
CUTLINES:
Riding
in on their bikes, members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.)
arrive on the William Woods University campus to speak in conjunction with
Child Abuse Awareness Month.
 
Members
of Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) visit William Woods University
April 11 to share their mission.