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BIKERS AGAINST CHILD ABUSE (B.A.C.A.) By: Jennifer Knudson
INTERVIEWEE AND B.A.C.A. I choose to interview Robert “Torch” Harvill who is the president of the local chapter of B.A.C.A. Torch has been with B.A.C.A. since 2008. He is the president of the Columbia Basin chapter and the vice president of the Washington State B.A.C.A. B.A.C.A. is a non-profit that is dedicated to provide aid, comfort, safety, and support for children that have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. B.A.C.A. is located in the Unites States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, and France.
HISTORY OF B.A.C.A. B.A.C.A. was in 1995 by John Paul “Chief” Lilly who is a licensed clinical social worker, a registered play therapist/supervisor, and taught as part- time faculty at Brigham Young University for 17 years. Chief worked for over 20 years mostly with abused children and saw B.A.C.A. as a way in which could only help these children.
B.A.C.A. MISSION STATEMENT Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. 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 abuse child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, 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.
B.A.C.A. MEMBERS About the Members This picture was in the Tri City Herald in September of 2012 as members of B.A.C.A. stood outside a school in which a registered sex offender lived across the street. It took a week but the man finally moved out. B.A.C.A. members are just how you would think they are. First and foremost members are bikers. They are professionals, blue collar, and everything in between. B.A.C.A. doesn’t discriminate except against one kind of person-child abusers.
SERVICES OFFERED B.A.C.A. is there to simply make the child feel safe and protected. The members will provide escorts for them if they feel scared, ride by their homes on a regular basis, support the child in court, and may even camp in their yard if they feel scared or alone. Their first initial meeting of the child is a group ride to the child’s house to meet the child, present them their own jacket with patches, and just help put the child at ease that they are not alone. Imagine 20 or more bikers rolling into your neighborhood, now that is a presence you wouldn’t want to mess with.
INDIVIDUAL JOB DUTIES For most members they have a regular daytime job and B.A.C.A. is on a volunteer basis. With that being said they are available to these kids at anytime. These children are given the contact for 2 members personally assigned to them. A typical time with a child can be a court hearing, camping outside of the child’s house because the abuser keeps driving by, or having a fun get together for children in the program. The members are not here to counsel the children or even talk about what is happening unless the child brings it up. They are here to provide support and protection.
LIKE MOST/LEAST ABOUT JOB Most Watching the transformation of the children. When they first meet these kids they are so scared and overwhelmed but at the end they are getting back to being a normal child again. Least Watching people get away with the abuse and not being able to do anything about it. And the fact that the punishment does not fit the crime. Unfortunately they have to turn some children away at times. Some people may want them to simply be mentors to their troubled child but they are not a mentor program.
CHANGE ABOUT JOB Making the initial meeting with the children easier. There is so many hoops to jump through and paperwork to fill out that it takes a lot of time which could be used to reach the child sooner. As the president of the chapter Torch would change, again, all the paperwork that is involved. Because they are nonprofit they have to track everything.
CAUSES OF CHILD ABUSE Torch feels the cause of child abuse is living in a world where there is no accountability. People need to be held accountable for their actions and also the parents need to be held accountable, in certain situations, as to whom they allow around their children. Ex: If a single mother is allowing “Joe” a drug addict around her child then she should have some accountability if “Joe” abuses her child because she needs to protect her child.
INTERVENTION Intervention in the B.A.C.A. world is their level 1 intervention. This is the day that they do a group ride to the child’s home to introduce themselves and make their presence known. A large group of bikers hanging around the house of a child can have an impact of the abuser leaving the child alone.
PREVENTION Education about abuse Accountability of those involved High self-esteem of single mothers
WHAT DOES TORCH THINK FUTURE SOCIAL WORKERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT? Abuse is never going to end. It is worse than anything you can imagine. Meaning until you are in the field you cannot imagine what you will be exposed to.
IMPORTANT NOTE B.A.C.A. is not a biker gang and they fight to make sure that is not what is thought of them. I asked Torch how many members/bikers were in his chapter and he told me but asked for it not to be in the presentation because biker gangs want to know how many people other biker gangs have to cause problems between the groups and they are not a gang. Ex: The local biker gang, The Gypsy Jokers, want to know if they have more members then them in order to start a fight. Torch says there response when asked this by outside bikers is “enough” meaning they have enough members to protect their own.
VIDEO LINK TO GENERAL VIDEO ABOUT B.A.C.A. http://youtu.be/xxbrUH-jt6A http://youtu.be/xxbrUH-jt6A
FINAL THOUGHTS This group is just another example as to why we should not judge people without knowing anything about them. I am so honored to have interviewed Torch and fully support this group. We need more people to stand up for our children and to protect them.
REFERENCES Harvill, R. “Torch”. (2013, April 06). Interview by J.E. Knudson.