East Texas biker group serves as protectors, empowers victims of child abuse
POSTED: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:46am
UPDATED: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 3:53pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
A biker group known internationally is standing up for the rights of child abuse victims and protecting them as they face the most difficult times in their lives.
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) intends to create a safe, trusting environment for children who have been abused. According to the groups's website, they do not want abused children to be afraid of the world, even after all they have suffered. The bikers unite around the children to lend support by providing them a steady, trusting circle of friends.the world in which they live.
This devoted group of volunteers works with state and local law enforcement, whose job is to protect the children. The bikers lend physical and emotional support to those children in need and protect them from further abuse.
The group wants to clarify they do not condone violence or the use of physical force in any manner, but if circumstances arise where they are the only body protecting a child from continuous abuse, they will protect the child, no matter what.
The bikers also will attend court hearings with the victims. According to the group's website, their mere physical presence is to assist the child in being less intimidated and frightened of their abuser is in the courtroom. By focusing on the bikers in the courtroom rather than the alleged abuser, the child is more prone to deliver an accurate testimony of what actually happened to them. A list of the court dates and times is constantly being updated on their website to keep fellow BACA members available at all times.
You can read the BACA Creed below:
I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse. The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I wont look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past has prepared me, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by the faith in my works, and lean on the strength of my brothers and sisters. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with power.
My fate is set, my gait is fast, my goal is the ultimate safety of children. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are tried and true, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I wont give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and showed up for all wounded children. I must go until I drop, ride until I give out, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, for He will see my BACA back patch and know that I am one of His. I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse, and this is my creed.
Founder, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc.
East Texas currently has a BACA group who is working to team up with the Children's Advocacy Center to make an even bigger impact in the lives of abused children.
KETK spoke with the group trying to organize members in Smith County, Wednesday,
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To see all BACA chapters in Texas, click here.