People usually hear B.A.C.A. members coming before they see them as they arrive at a ceremony where they “adopt” a child into the B.A.C.A. family.
B.A.C.A. is “Bikers Against Child Abuse,” and the rumble of their motorcycles precede these men and women who take a stand against all forms of child abuse to include physical, sexual, emotional and child porn.
With each ceremony, another child will be empowered by the support B.A.C.A. brings into his or her life. Two members are assigned as the child’s primary contact, and they remain in close contact with the child. Among the services they offer to the children is a physical presence at the home, visiting at school, therapy needs, and they will also accompany the child to court and parole hearings. The group maintains a therapy fund for children needing assistance.
B.A.C.A. claims to make a difference and documents some changes in children they support:
- Improved Self-Confidence
- Diminished Regressive Behavior
- Increased Feeling of Safety
- Empowerment to Testify
- Better Communication
- Reduced Feeling of Guilt
- Decreased Negative Behaviors
- A Sense of Belonging, Acceptance, Independence and much more.
John Paul “Chief” Lilly is founder of the group. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist / Supervisor, and the majority of his twenty plus years of practice has been spent in the treatment of abused children.
B.A.C.A.’s mission statement says they exist with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children … to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live... “We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child hat this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared o lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliaiion and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.”
For more information, contact River Cities Chapter, 318.402.2636 or Rivercitiesbaca@yahoo.com.
Editor’s Note: As a former foster parent, I can personally testify to the occasional need for “physical” support during the chaos that may occur when dealing with child abusers. Just one example from my own experience was when I escorted siblings to attend a funeral for their baby brother who had died from abuse. I was confronted by several large, angry family members who tried to forcefully take those two young children away from me. My sole backup was a female social worker, and neither of us was physically equipped to take on the violent, physical force we were faced with. While she called to get police backup which we both knew would take too long, I was literally engaged in a dangerous tug-of-war, and only by the grace of God did my threats against the “gang” allow me to speed off with the scared children in my care. Talking tough helped us get away, but I knew I couldn’t back up my words, and that’s just one time when a couple of B.A.C.A. members would have been greatly appreciated. Since I believe most bullies are cowards, had a tougher presence been available in this instance, the situation would probably not have evolved as it did. Just saying!