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Bikers Against Child Abuse Ride into Wilmington

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On Sept. 10, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) came to Wilmington College to talk about the intensity of child abuse.

The purpose of this group is to create a safer environment for abused children. Not only does this community work towards a safer environment, the members also try to empower abused children to not feel afraid of the world.

In order to accomplish this, the members follow a code of honor that consists of respect, loyalty, and trust. Part of this organization’s job is to protect the abused, and often times this means bikers accompanying children to court if the child decides to file a lawsuit against their abuser.

This organization was founded in Utah by John Paul Lilly in 1995. There are currently 349 chapters in 17 countries; there are regional, state, and national sections of this group.

In order to become a member, you must first be a biker. Secondly, there is an FBI background check for each potential member because the organization wants to ensure that they are not allowing a harmful person into an abused child’s life while they are trying to heal. This process can take up to a year, during which the potential member undergoes training until they are initiated.

Each child is assigned two primaries – a male and a female. Being a primary is one of the responsibilities a member has; they look after their assigned child and make sure they are there to console and comfort them. A primary must be available at all times. BACA does work with the government; they cooperate with children services in hopes of preventing child abuse.

Bryce Ward is a student at Wilmington College who attended this session. He says, “When I first saw that Wilmington was having BACA come speak, I thought it was going to be a bunch of bikers just saying that child abuse was bad, but what they were a bunch of truly adamant bikers that would put their lives on the line for a child. Honestly, the only real reason I went was for one of my classes, but I left that day with an understanding about BACA.”

It is quite amazing how one’s perspective can change on a topic just by something as simple as a conversation.

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