The good in Motorcycle clubs that are also against child abuse
Thesis Statement : Motorcycles are much better than anyone thinks because, they help n things no one bothers to see. Child abuse is a horrible thing and needs to be gotten rid of once and for all.
How B.A.C.A Works
B.A.C.A. International, Inc. (BACA) is organized with a central contact person to receive calls from referring agencies and individuals. A recognized, authorized agency with which the child has had contact determines that the child is still frightened by his or her environment. The agency representative contacts BACA, or refers the individual to contact BACA and the name and address of the child is given to our BACA/Child Liaison. The Liaison determines that the case is legitimate, meaning that the authorities have been contacted, and the case in being processed within the system. The Liaison contacts the family and an initial ride is organized to meet the child at their home or in some other location. The entire BACA chapter rides to meet the child and he/she is given a vest with a BACA patch sewn on the back. The child is free to wear the vest or not, and we support their decision. The child is also given bumper stickers, and other gifts that are generally donated by the public. These initial visits generally last about a half an hour.Following this initial contact, the child is given the name and number of two BACA members residing geographically closest to them, who then become the childs primary contact person(s). Prior to becoming the primary contacts for the child, the bikers are cleared for participation by clearing an extensive background check, have ridden with the Chapter for at least a year, and have received special instructions from the Licensed Mental Health Professional. Anytime the child feels scared and feels the need for the presence of his new BACA family, the child may call upon these bikers to go to the childs house and provide the necessary reassurance to feel safe and protected. BACA members and supporters also support the children by: providing escorts for them if they feel scared in their neighborhoods; riding by their homes on a regular basis; supporting the children at court and parole hearings; attending their interviews, and; staying with the children if they are alone and frightened. The BACA members never go to the childs house alone and never without the knowledge or permission of the parents. Our mission is not to be permanently engaged as the childs power. Our mission is to help the children and their families learn how powerful they can be. Our presence will be available as long as the child needs us. BACA also holds other functions for the children such as Bar-B-Ques, and parties.
Jailhouse tattoos. Cold stares. Outlaw gangs.These are images to come to mind for many when they hear the word "bikers."But there’s an international organization of bikers that puts that tough reputation to good use: to help children.Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA, is an international organization of motorcycle riders that works to create a safer environment for abused kids. Their goal is to empower children not to live in fear of the world in which they live, said Chops, president of the BACA Seven Bridges Chapter in Jacksonville."We give them the empowerment to say, ‘This is who did this to me,'" Chops said. "We’re not speakers for the children, and we’re not counselors. We’re more like rocks of emotion for them. And we let them know that, while we’re around, nobody’s going to mess with them.”And there is no shortage of kids to help. In 2010, there were nearly 52,000 cases of child abuse or neglect in the state of Florida. In the past four years, the Seven Bridges Chapter has helped around a hundred.After police or social workers refer a child to BACA, the group “adopts” them - the entire chapter rides up, gives them a vest and a road name, just like all of the bikers. The group becomes an extended family the child can call on at any time. And when it’s time for the child to go to court, everyone shows up.“We’ll escort the family in - bikes in the front, family in the middle, bikes behind,” Chops said. “While that child is there, we surround that child.”BACA’s presence gives the kids a boost when they are in the very difficult situation of having to answer questions about their abuse.“If the abuser is in the courtroom, it’s scary,” said Irene Toto, CEO of Clay Behavioral Health System. “Having BACA with them makes a big difference. Sometimes their perceived as big bad bikers, but to know that they’re on your side and fighting for you - that’s an awesome feeling for a kid.”BACA members are quick to point out that they are not vigilantes. They are a worldwide nonprofit organization with meetings open to the public. All of the members volunteer their time and pay for their expenses. And that support makes a real difference, according to Michelle Reddinger, a victim advocate with the State Attorney’s office in Clay County."Just that physical presence of seeing them in that moment gathers up their strength,” said Reddinger. “Or knowing that, ‘Hey, you know what? I just left them. They’re right there cheering for me. They gave me their vest to wear. I have their BACA badge.’”And that bond goes beyond the court system. As far as the group is concerned, once a child is a BACA kid, they're always a BACA kid.“If you call a counseling agency, their hours are usually nine to five, Monday through Friday,” Chops said. “If you call at two o’clock on a Saturday night, you’re not going to get an answer. If you call a BACA chapter, we’ll ride and sit in front of that house until that child feels safe again. We’re there 24/7 for our kids - no matter what.”
The picture above is of my fellow club members, my uncles, my aunt, and my father are in this picture, this is los vagabundos MC, a large BACA supporter, they aren't a gang, they have runs for abused children, for anything or anyone in need really. So, next time you see these clubs on the street, don't point, don't be scared, they will be kind to you.
I feel the way we can stop child abuse is start sponsoring marches, sponsor support groups, teach signs of abuse, don't let the abusers walk, jail them, we put dogs down for assaulting kids, why not abusers or pedophiles?
I feel the way we can find god in MC's is by spending time with them, talk to them, invite them to social gatherings, see the good they do and offer to help, research about them, get to know them better, ask them questions, respect them hey will respect you despite age or sex, and don't stereotype them, they aren't bad people, the don't rape, they don't hurt people, and most of all, they do not kill people!!!!