These tough bikers have a soft spot: aiding child-abuse victims. Anytime, anywhere, for as long as it takes the child to feel safe, these leather-clad guardians will stand tall and strong against the dark, and the fear, and those who seek to harm.
Even kids know that nobody messes with bikers. Bikers look big, and strong, and mean, both in real life and in how they are portrayed on television and in films. They are easy riders, sons of anarchy, not afraid of anything. And they take care of their own.
If you’ve never spent time with bikers, you probably have a stereotype about them that they’re big mean thugs. Or if you watched the Sons of Anarchy, then you might consider bikers to be outlaws who thrive on violence and weapons. But not the bikers in BACA. These tough guys and gals put themselves in harms way to protect the innocent from domestic abusers. BACA stands for Bikers Against Child Abuse and these everyday heroes do everything they can to help abused children feel safe again. Learn how a biker named Tombstone stepped in to a help an abused 15-year-old girl feel safe after months of torture…
When the teen girl, known only as “FA”, reported that she was sexually abused by her stepfather, her allegations led to charges and a court date. Although her stepfather had a chance of being put behind bars for his crime, FA still felt terrified.
That’s when the group of Los Angeles bikers stepped in to protect her.
The Los Angeles BACA chapter lead by a biker named Tombstone stood guard outside of FA’s home and even escorted her to school. They wanted to make sure her stepfather knew that she had bodyguards.
Because the members of the biker group dedicate themselves day and night to the safety of the abused children, they are being hailed as true heroes.
In the video below from Yahoo, you’ll hear FA’s story and meet Tombstone. The description of the clip reads as follows:
“‘FA’ was just 10 years old when her stepfather starting abusing her. By the time she was 15 and preparing to testify against him, she was suicidal, afraid, and unable to sleep. Then she met Tombstone, a lifelong biker and member of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), a group whose sole mission is to empower children who have been victimized. Dressed in leather, the rough looking group stood guard at her house 24 hours until she felt safe. The experience changed the course of her life.
BACA was started in Utah but has migrated as far as Iceland and New Zealand. The group stives to “empower children who have been victims of child abuse to no longer be afraid of the world that they live in.”
In Los Angeles, BACA is busy protecting FA. One member known as Bikerdad said, “If they need escorts to court, to therapy, to school, if it takes us having to stand outside and guard their house all night so they can sleep, then that’s what we’ll do.”
Tombstone the leader of the Los Angeles chapter said, “We’re a rough lot, and we’re scarier than their perpetrators. We are scarier than their demons. It works.”
Children respond well to their leather-clad group of new friends.
“They get that any one of us would gladly take a bullet for them,” Tombstone said. “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.”