B.A.C.A., or Bikers Against Child Abuse is an international organization dedicated to empowering all children who have suffered abuse. Their mission statement reads in part, “We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not be afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization.” Chapters can be found across the globe with several chapters located right here in Georgia.
The B.A.C.A. patch is a strong symbol designed to send a distinct message. The red symbolizes the blood shed by the wounded children. The white represents their innocence. The black is a testament to the dark times a child faces when dealing with abuse. The “fist” represents the groups commitment to stop child abuse. The skull and crossbones signifies “death to child abuse” and the chains stand for the group as “our united organization”.
B.A.C.A. is a 501(c)3 organization recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt. The group holds fundraisers once or twice a year to help support their activities and to purchase vests and other items for the children they serve. In order for the group to get involved with a child, the group must be contacted by a child-care agency, law enforcement, parent or guardian. Once the group has verified the situation, they will meet with the child and their family showing them that they are not alone. Sometimes 15 to 20 bikers will make the trip to the child’s home as a way of welcoming the child into the B.A.C.A. family. In many cases, this show of solidarity is just what is needed to stop the abuse and allow the child to begin the healing process.
The Little River Chapter covers the Lowndes County area as well as many of the surrounding communities. They are not limited by boundaries, however. If a child is in need, they will travel, some coming from as far as Miami to support a child who is hurting. There is nothing more powerful than a band of brothers and sisters uniting to help a child and their family work through such a traumatic situation. Members of the group come from every walk of life. Some are doctors, lawyers, factory workers, anyone who has a sincere dedication to stop abuse from having an impact on a child’s life.
“Bugsy” and “Trick” are members of the Little River Chapter. They take their roles in the organization seriously and will do what needs to be done to ensure that the children they serve feel safe and protected. If a child is called to testify against their abuser in court, the B.A.C.A. members will go with the child so that they know without a doubt that they will not face the situation alone.
Both men have committed themselves to the organization with no reservations. Trick said when talking about how the kids grow and change with their support, “Seeing them from where they started to when they get on the stand (in court), the degree of difference where they can get up there and tell their story. It’s amazing how they come out of their shell and get their confidence back.” Bugsy added, “We can go see the kids 24/7. We do house visits. Some organizations can’t do that. That’s where we can make a difference.”
On April 6, 2019, the Little River Chapter will hold a Dice Run. The Run will be hosted by the U.S. Military Vets MC at their Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is located at 2333 S. Patterson Street in Valdosta. Registration will start at 9 am at the Clubhouse. Kickstands up at 10:00 am. The last bike will leave at approximately 11:00 am. All bikes should be back at the Clubhouse by 3:00 pm. The charge for one Dice Roll is $10 or three Dice Rolls for $20. There will be food, drinks, and live music. They will also have door prizes, a 50/50 give away and auction items available to win. 100% of all of the donations raised will be used solely for the support B.A.C.A., the children and its mission to stop child abuse.
All bikers are encouraged to attend the event.
If you would like to learn more you can contact U-Turn at 229-563-1948 (U-Turn@lr-ga.bacaworld.org) or Dawg at 229-5073565(Dawg@lr-ga.bacaworld.org).