A group of bikers, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), are trying to stop child abuse from taking place, including in one instance when members rallied to protect a Los Angeles girl by standing outside her house as guards.
The girl, identified only as “FA,” was 10 years old when her stepfather started abusing her. When she was 15 and preparing to testify against him in court, she was afraid to sleep and scared.
She then met a biker named Tombstone, who is a member.
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“We’re a rough lot, and we’re scarier than their perpetrators. We are scarier than their demons. It works,” he said, according to MailOnline.
He noted BACA’s had an impact on abused children, saying: “They get that any one of us would gladly take a bullet for them.”
“It is probably the most important role in my life. These kids have no one. We’re that single strand of barbed wire between hell and happiness for them.”
“All these kids are our heroes. We’re just the guys who ride around and give them some support. I’m in it for life.”
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BACA gets referrals, child-care agencies, and legal guardians.
“FA” recalled the first time they stood outside her home for the first time.
“I looked over and saw my stepdad just staring at me and I felt like I could have passed out or died just from his glare,” she said. “And I looked over and BACA’s there, and they’re just sitting there with their thumbs up giving me the emotional support that I needed.”
Her abuser was eventually imprisoned.
In another case, published in a October 2015, the BACA members even attend courtroom cases.
“The kid looks at us, concentrates on us knows we’re there for them,” said one member.
(H/T – Littlethings)