A woman named Karen, from Derby, Connecticut, and her then-9-year-old daughter suffered through years of abuse because of the woman’s ex-husband. While the ordeal took a toll on the little girl, in the end, they found support and safety from an unlikely ally, which was, surprisingly, a biker gang.
According to CBS News, over 3.5 million children suffer some form of abuse every year. Karen’s daughter was one of these, as was reported in 2014.
“It was terrifying when you can’t close your eyes at night to go to sleep because you don’t know what’s going to happen—it’s the unknown that you’re afraid of,” Karen explains. However, they found support from an unexpected place.
Biker gangs are usually associated with leather jackets, tattoos, and big, loud motorcycles, which can be quite intimidating. Yet, one particular biker group, which bears all those traits, is an organization called Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). They go by the motto “No Child Deserves to Live in Fear.”
This passionate group of men and women was put together in 1995 by a social worker who had seen for himself the damaging effects living in fear can have on children. According to BACA’s mission statement, they “exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live.”
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Happy Dodson is the president of the Connecticut Chapter, the part of the group that helped Karen’s daughter while she was going through her ordeal.
“One thing we try and do as an organization is to help that child feel empowered, so they can enjoy their childhood and grow up as an adult knowing that there’s always going to be somebody there and not all adults are bad,” he explains, as per CBS.
They help by getting involved, with the authorities’ permission, in the lives of children who have been victims of abuse. They make them feel safe and secure again by shuttling them to and from school, attending court hearings with them, and in some cases, they can even offer 24/7 supervision of the house.
This biker group tends to act like a close-knit family, and they mean to bring some of that into the lives of children who have gone through the unthinkable. They also help children feel secure enough to get back into their routine.
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“If the child has problems sleeping or getting on the bus or is afraid to go to school, we’ll take you to school. When the bus drops you off, we’ll be there. We’ll take you home, and if need be we’ll stay in that yard until you feel comfortable,” Happy Dodson said.
Each member of the organization gets a full background check, and they also get specific training from a mental health professional in how to deal with traumatized children.
For Karen’s daughter, they were of incredible use. “It was nice to know that all of these people were on her side. She had that backup, you know, and that she wasn’t alone,” Karen told CBS.
This story just shows how one should not judge a book by its cover. Karen and her little girl went through a horrible time but found comfort and support with the help of an organization formed by a group of unlikely heroes.
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