B.A.C.A. 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 work in which they live…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.
|Legal Name:||Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc.|
|Service Sector:||Human Services|
P. O. Box 4205
Shreveport, LA 71134
B.A.C.A. was founded by John Paul "Chief" Lilly.
"Chief" is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, and Part-time faculty at Brigham Young University. The majority of his twenty plus years of practice has been spent in the treatment of abused children.
"Chief" was aware that the "System" offered much in the way of helping a child's healing process, yet, there were still shortcomings and limitations to keeping the children safe.
Even with Court involvement to protect children from further abuse by the issuance of protective orders and the removal of perpetrators from neighborhoods, it is physically impossible for law enforcement officials to provide protection for these children twenty-four hours a day, indefinitely. Child perpetrators are fully aware of this and continue to find ways to access and further harm their victims.
Many children that are abused do not qualify for therapy funding. Reasons vary, but the most common are: cases that did not meet the basic requirements of the rules of evidence, and are summarily closed or a child that has obviously been abused and is too frightened to provide enough evidence for the case to be pursued. "Chief" notes that children who feel safe and protected are more capable and likely to tell the truth regarding their abuse because threats made by an abuser are offset by the presence of dedicated protective bikers that have now become family.
The following behaviors have been documented in the children B.A.C.A. supports:
--Improved Self Confidence
--Diminished Regressive Behavior
--Increased Feeling of Safety
--Reduced Feeling of Guilt
--Decreased Negative Behaviors
--A Sense of Belonging, Acceptance, Independence and Much More
It has been observed that wounded children having the benefit of a B.A.C.A. presence in their lives are far more likely to disclose their abuse. B.A.C.A. helps in the child's healing process to restore self-worth and confidence.