A girl identified as “FA” was only 10 years old when her stepfather started abusing her.
At 15 years old, she got the courage to tell her mom about the abuse. They both decided to press charges against him.
“It was my husband, her stepfather, somebody that I chose to bring into our family,” her mom says tearfully in the Yahoo video that surfaced in late March—just in time before National Child Abuse Prevention month (April).
In the midst of pressing charges, FA was still terrified at home, according to Yahoo. “She was suicidal, afraid, and unable to sleep.”
Not long after, FA met Tombstone, a biker and member of B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse), whose mission is to “create a safer environment for abused children.”
Tombstone and a couple of other bikers reportedly guarded the girl’s house for 24 hours a day, seven days a week—until she felt safe.
“We are an organization of bikers that come together for one cause,” Pipes, vice president of the Los Angeles B.A.C.A., says in the video. “To empower children that have been victims of child abuse to no longer be afraid of the world that they live in.”
FA recalls the time she had to testify in court against her step dad, and saw him glaring at her, which made her feel uneasy.
“I felt like I could have just passed out or died from his glare,” she says. “And I looked over and B.A.C.A. is there and they’re just sitting there with their thumbs up giving me the emotional support that I needed.”
“We are scarier than their perpetrator, we are scarier than their demons, and it works,” Tombstone, president of the Los Angeles chapter, says. “We are that single strand of barbed wire between hell and happiness for them.”
The young woman has since moved on from the traumatizing experience, and she is now a full-time college student with a full time job.
FA’s stepfather was later arrested and sent to prison.