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B.A.C.A. works for children
Some members look burly and intimidating, with most dressed in black leather, and they never ever arrive at their destinations quietly. But members of the Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) have one thing in mind, keeping kids safe.
“Our purpose is to protect and empower abused kids,” said local Kane County B.A.C.A. chapter member Donn Pillmore. “That’s what B.A.C.A. is all about”.
With B.A.C.A. chapters in 34 states, and also chapters in Australia, the ‘biker dudes’ present a formidable foe to men/women who prey on or abuse children. Who would guess these imposing figures hold a gamut of occupations; from housewife to secretary, from engineer to business owner? They just share a love for children and, of course, motorcycles!
Kanab Middle School teacher and Vice Principal Gary Glover was the winner in a fundraising effort to promote Utah’s B.A.C.A. chapter, as part of its international organization. Glover won a brand new Harley Davidson $30,000 customized Legends motorcycle.
Pillmore said Salisbury Homes from St. George and Legends Motorcycles from Springville, Utah, have donated several motorcyles, including Glover’s new wheels, over the years to further B.A.C.A.
Efforts provide funds to help abused children. Through the years donations of over $400,000 have been raised for efforts to assist in providing therapy for abused children, including $84,000 this year. B.A.C.A. is strictly a volunteer organization. There are no paid positions and all of the funds go to help the kids.
B.A.C.A. is organized with a main contact person to receive calls from referring agencies and individuals. An authorized agency, with which the child has had contact, determines the child is still frightened by their environment. The agency representative contacts B.A.C.A., or refers the individual to contact B.A.C.A. The entire B.A.C.A. chapter rides to meet the child, and he/she is given a vest with a B.A.C.A. patch sewn on the back. Initial visits generally last about a half an hour.
Following initial contact, the child is given the name and number of two B.A.C.A. members residing geographically closest to them, who then become the child’s primary contact person(s).
Prior to the primary contacts with the child, the bikers are cleared for participation by clearing an extensive background check, have ridden with the chapter for at least two years, and have received special instructions from the Licensed Mental Health Professional.
Anytime the child feels scared or in need of the presence of his new B.A.C.A. family, the child may call upon these bikers to go to the child’s house and provide the necessary reassurance to feel safe and protected.
B.A.C.A. members also support 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.
B.A.C.A. members never go to the child’s house alone and never without the knowledge or permission of the parents.
Their mission is to help the children and their families learn how powerful they can be. B.A.C.A. presence will be available as long as the child needs them. B.A.C.A. also holds other functions for the children, such as barbeques and parties.
If someone has a need for B.A.C.A. information or assistance, they should call the local hotline at 800-295-6179.