Bikers Against Child Abuse | News
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- The rumble of 20 to 30 motorcycles pulling into your driveway may be a bit unsettling for some but for children that are members of the Bikers Against Child Abuse Program, it is the sweet sound of reassurance.
It has an international organization with five chapters in Arkansas and hundreds more across the globe. They're goal is to empower victims of child abuse, visiting them at home and accompanying them to court dates and for those children who are members, their presence makes all the difference.
"A lot of big, ugly guys. We wear leather, we ride motorcycles, you kind of have that mystic of, 'Hey, I don't want to mess with that guy," says Harold "Redleg" Taylor, President of the Flatrock Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse.
They are the idealic image of tough guys but with a soft spot for children.
"We will do whatever it takes to protect one of our children okay? So if asking nicely doesn't work, we'll ask nicely twice. The second time usually works," says Taylor. "When that child finds out that we're on their side, you know, it's kind of like having a big brother."
Bikers Against Child Abuse is a group of volunteers with a mission to lend their physical and emotional support to victims of child abuse, both at home and in the court room.
"They are literally empowered to where they don't just mumble. They tell what happened and they tell what that guy or gal did to them," says Taylor.
A former child abuse victim, "Zena", says it is the Flatrock BACA chapter that continues to serve as her guardian angels.
"They are still a big part of my life. The security of knowing that I had somebody there, somebody that I could call upon anytime of the day or night and they'd be there. They'd all come swarming in," says Zena.
"Child abusers are cowards. They are some of the lowest forms of life and they are only going to pick on somebody smaller than them," says Taylor.
Sunday, the Flatrock BACA chapter visited children in their program, a physical reminder of who is on their side.
"If they see the BACA patch, they know that person is a brother or a sister and will do anything to protect them," says Taylor.
Each biker has a road name and their child members do too. Those are the only names they know each other by. Taylor says that is a security measure in order to protect the details of the child's case. He says when it comes to the children, confidentiality is one of their top priorities.
To become a BACA member, each biker must pass a FBI background check and undergo a one year waiting period.