The Vernon Parish Public Library will host an informational event about the organization known as Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). The event will be held at the Leesville branch of the library at 1401 Nolan Trace from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
BACA is an international organization that “exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children.”
BACA works in tandem with local and state officials to give support to abused children. “We believe that the basic right of childhood is to be safe and protected,” said BACA State President Two Hawks.
When BACA gets a call about a potential case of a child in need, they work with local law enforcement agencies and organizations to confirm the facts and details of the situation. Then the BACA representatives will make contact with the families through the official BACA Child Liaison, who then contacts the local BACA chapter. After that, the chapter rides to meet the child where they will be given a vest with a BACA patch sewn on the back.
The child is also given bumper stickers, and other gifts that are generally donated by the public.
In cases where the victim still feels vulnerable while they are at home, BACA members go to the home to “create a presence at the home of the child, being visible at times when the family might be the most vulnerable. The purpose of B.A.C.A.’s presence is to deter further abuse and to protect the children and the family, if necessary.”
Another one of the ways that BACA has been known to help abused children feel safe is by making court appearances with them. According to BACA, “The sole purpose for our physical presence in court is to assist the child in being less intimidated and frightened, and subsequently give an accurate testimony regarding his/her abuse.”
“We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused 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,” according to the BACA mission statement. “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 on BACA, visit bacaworld.org.