Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) is an international nonprofit that recruits volunteer bikers as a system of support for kids who are the victims of family abuse. They’ve been around for twenty years but are finally getting the recognition they deserve for the important support they provide.
BACA organizations are all over the world, in places like New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States. They go through extensive background checks and training for handling sensitive situations. The bikers give the child their own BACA vest and adopt child-friendly names such as “Scooter” and “Pooh Bear.” They visit the child when requested as well as standing watch if the child is afraid of their abuser stopping by the home. If a child is forced to give testimony of their abuse in court, the bikers will escort the child to the stand.
And they do it all for free!
All the money comes out of their own pocket. One time, a group of five bikers each threw in $100 in order to take a young girl who had been sexual abused, shopping and to get her hair and nails done.
The entire idea behind the organization is that no one messes with bikers. Their reputation is fearless and hardcore, which is perfect for making children feel powerful and fearless. The idea came about back in 1995, when clinical social worker and professor John Paul Lilly had been working with a young boy who was being bullied, and he was afraid to leave his house. The idea flourished into a full blown organization and over the years has helped countless child victims, face their accusers and get justice.