ST. GEORGE (ABC4 News) – A nonprofit in Southern Utah is working to protect and support abused children, all while donning leather vests and boots and revving their engines.
Members of the St. George chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, also known as BACA, said their purpose is to ensure victims feel safe as they cope with their abuse.
“I don’t ever see myself not being a part of BACA,” St. George chapter member “Shots” said. “We’re there to protect them and we’ll do whatever it takes.”
BACA members said they’re ready 24 hours a day to be there for an abused child. At times, they’re called to surround a victim’s home with bikes and bodies when the child’s safety is threatened and remain there until the child feels safe again, according to “Shots.”
“These kids that we come for, they get it,” “Shots” said. “They know that we’re here for them. We’re not here for a court system or anything but them.”
The bikers even go to court when kids have to testify against their abusers, giving support and encouragement before the child goes on the stand.
“We tell the kids to be themselves, tell the truth, and that we’re here for them,” said St. George chapter member “Mickey.”
BACA members said they also teach about abuse at school assemblies, discussing subjects such as “good touch,” “bad touch,” and “secret touch,” and encouraging kids to reach out to an adult they trust if they ever feel scared or unsafe.
- “Shots,” St. George chapter member, Bikers Against Child Abuse, email email@example.com.
St. George Chapter: 435-673-2564