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Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA for short, has been proudly standing up for abuse survivors and empowering children who have been victimized at home. BACA combines the supportive and protective aspects of biker culture with the hearts of gold of social workers.
This episode we talk to Rocksteady and The Kid of BACA Austin. Click here to listen to the full episode.
How did they get involved with BACA?
Rocksteady saw a guy with a BACA patch, and it peaked his interest. After asking the guy what the foundation was all about, he eventually showed up to a meeting and that was when he combined his love for motorcycles and volunteer work.
The Kid saw a lot of members on their bikes at Chuy’s one day, and it peaked his interest. When he finally got a motorcycle, he was wanting to get involved with an organization. BACA seemed like a perfect fit because it incorporated both a brotherhood and a way for the Kid to help those in need.
What is BACA all about?
The mission statement: help empower kids. This means that kids who have been subject to abuse and go into the court system face a large gap of time before their case is heard. The volunteers of BACA use this time to help them live life normally again and make them feel more brave as their case date slowly arrives.
What does BACA do to help empower and protect these children who are abuse survivors?
They give them support by their physical presence (if necessary) and around the clock emotional support. They will take phone calls in the middle of the night or even stand outside the child’s door if need be. Overall, the biker’s try and instill some sense of normalcy back into the child’s life.
You want these kids to know that their family is bigger than their monsters. What does that mean exactly?
These kids are constantly terrified that their perpetrators are going to come back and hurt them because they spoke publicly of their abuse. However, if they know that their brothers and sisters and BACA has their back, they no longer have to be afraid to go up and testify in front of a large group of people.
How did BACA get started?
In 1995 there was a guy named J.P. Lilley. Mr. Lilley, a social worker, registered play therapist, and motorcycle enthusiast, realized that a child he was treating was constantly nervous about facing a court trial in which he would have to talk about his abuse that he has faced. Mr. Lilley then took the proactive step of showing up at the child’s house for a barbecue with all of his biker friends to show support and solidarity for the child. The next day, the mother reported back to Mr. Lilley that the child’s attitude had completely changed because of the biker’s presence the day before. Soon after that, BACA was formed.
How do you earn your road names?
They have to get their road name based on their own personality in the organization, whether they like it or not!
What type of person joins BACA?
It’s a mixture of both people who have faced abuse themselves and good-hearted bikers. As BACA is a large time commitment, the continual members realize the long-term benefits of giving back to children in need.
Do you have any heartwarming stories from being a member in BACA?
Overall, the greatest feeling is how one is able to watch the demeanor of a kid who has faced incredible adversity change for the better just from being in the organization. They learn to trust, and they learn how to become kids again.
If you think BACA is a good fit for your child, please reach out! No child deserves to live in fear.