BACA teams with Head Start to fight child abuse

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Brilynn Goolsby plants a pinwheel during the family fun night in honor of child abuse awareness Tuesday evening at Nevada Head Start.
Gabe Franklin

Nevada Head Start held a family fun night in honor of child abuse awareness Tuesday evening in memory of Ethan Warner.

Delivering the keynote address was a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse who asked to be identified simply as Iceberg.

“According to the National Children’s Alliance, five kids die every day from abuse. One out of three girls and one out of five boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18,” he said. “In 1984, a man named JP Lilly, we call him Chief, was caught up working in the midst of this epidemic, He noted that no matter how much progress he made at the office, it was all undone when they went back home. Chief rode a motorcycle and noted the brotherhood exhibited in those circles, so he asked a few of his friends to take a ride with him. They went to that first child’s house and with broken hearts made a promise to always show up if the child needed them. Out of that promise grew our current mission statement. Bikers Against Child Abuse 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 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. 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.

BACA exists in over fourteen countries with more than 300 chapters. We take only verified cases with the rightful guardian’s approval. By verified, we mean they need to have been reported. Our involvement is only about the child as such we do not get involved in custody battles or parental drama. When talking about verified cases, most of them are referred by the prosecutor’s advocate, a state or community action agency. So the case is more than he said she said or custody type battles. Furthermore, we have little concern with the offender other than keeping the child safe from them. Our concern is empowering the child. To that end, we have had a nationwide study done over a four year period. This clinical study shows that we have a minimum 50 percent success rate over cases without our presence nationwide. As much as we hate the need for our services, we are proud to provide them.”

Iceberg later explained that BACA members and the children they serve as given nicknames as a security measure. He said most BACA members never know the real name of the children they serve.

In addition to planting a pinwheel for child abuse awareness, families that attended were treated to snacks, games and tours of a fire truck, ambulance and police SUV.

For more information on BACA, visit them online at http://bacaworld.org/.

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