When we hear about bike gangs, we get this image about thug life, beer, tattoos, not appropriate for kids etc. Right?
But would you believe that there is a group of a bike gang who fights against child abuse? This bike gang, BAKA; Bikers Against Child Abuse includes both men and women.
This is a non-profitable group that fearlessly protects kids from being abused. This amazing group was found 20 years ago by a social worker named John Paul Lily, who goes by ‘Chief’ after witnessing the various kinds of abuse and trauma kids go through in their lives.
BACA works along with local and state agencies who are responsible for protecting kids. And it means there is no vigilante justice there.
In their website, they have stated that,
“We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.”
Simply means, it’s better not to mess with a kid who got backing.
To be a member of this, you have to show that you are really into this. Bikers have to ride for a whole year with a local chapter before applying for formal membership. Plus, they have to undergo background checks.
As this is volunteering, everyone’s priority is for children. So, once you are registered in this gang, you are expected to be signed for two ‘primaries’, who are available 24/7 for their protection.
A guy named “Thumper”, (real names are not revealed due to the protection of members) one of the members in the group said “It’s asked, ‘are you prepared to take a bullet for a child?’ We mean it.”
This gang has levels of interventions. First is, they ride to the kid’s home to show their support and give a BACA swag as to welcome to the gang. If the guardian agrees, the kid gets a bike ride with them too. Cool, right?
But, just in case if the child is still afraid or the abuser refuses to fall back, the gang would set up an around-the-clock presence to convince the child that he/she is not alone.
Also, when BACA goes on neighborhood awareness rides on the streets where the suspects live, they inform the police if they witness any suspect action.
“Police can’t do this. CPS, Child Protective Services can’t do this. A volunteer organization like us can — we can protect that child 24/7,” said “Falcon,” president of the Long Island chapter of BACA.
What is amazing is that this group also shows up in the courts for cases where the child has to testify against the abuser. What they aim to provide support for the child after undergoing a traumatizing experience and facing the abuser again in the court.
“Breaking the chains of abuse is a focal point … it’s by empowering these kids, letting them know we’re here for them, they can lean on us, take from us whatever they need to—physically and emotionally—to help them get over that so they don’t make the same mistake,” Thumper described to Inside Edition.
However, though we expect a bike gang to be tough, there can be some drawbacks too. So, this gang is very careful to watch out for the mental health of each other to continue their selfless contribution to society.
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