A child abuse organization is being spearheaded by an unlikely group of people — hardcore motorcycle bikers.
Established in 1995, Bikers Against Child Abuse International (BACA) is an organization that hopes to help abused children feel safer.
Their motto is: “No child deserves to live in fear.”
BACA was created by a biker in Utah named Chief who believes children feel safe around motorcycles.
“When we tell a child they don’t have to be afraid, they believe us,” Arizona biker Pipes told The Arizona Republic. “When we tell them we will be there for them, they believe us.”
Members of the organization are regularly asked to arbitrate an abusive situation by local law enforcement officials or even by a parent.
According to the group’s public relations officer, Mopar, as reported by The Huffington Post: “Our mission is to empower these children, allow them not to be afraid of the world, to stand up to the abuser and say you can’t do that [to] me. I’ve got friends, I got backup; if you try to do that to me, you’re going to have [to] go through us.”
BACA promises never to use force and only imposes one rule on their members.
“I don’t want to see any tears coming out of your eyes, and the child doesn’t either,” Pipes told The Arizona Republic. “Remember why we’re here: to empower the child. If you can’t handle it, keep your shades on.”
In 2015, Silicon Valley BACA members provided round-the-clock security at the home of a girl who had reportedly been abused by escaped child molester Johnell Carter.
“As a sheriff’s office we appreciate them protecting the victim and the family,” Santa Clara County Sheriff spokesperson Sgt. James Jensen told the Christian Science Monitor.
BACA says their tough biker image is what makes the organization work. “Golfers against child abuse does not have the same feel. The pink alligator shirt and golf shoes standing in the driveway doesn’t do the same thing,” a member told CS Monitor.
Sources: The Arizona Republic, Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: The Arizona Republic