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Bikers become protectors and guardian angels of abused children

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They have the patches, the vests and the bikes, but this is no motorcycle club, instead it's a non-profit organization dedicated to making child abuse victims feel safe.

Most of the time, this organization is contacted by state agencies, prosecutors or therapists to help child abuse victims.

They don't condone violence, but want abusers to know that child is part of their organization and they want the child to know they have their backs too.

They might look tough on the outside, but these motorcyclists have soft hearts.  They're members of B.A.C.A. -- Bikers Against Child Abuse.

"The red on our patch is the blood the children shed," said Nytro, B.A.C.A's events coordinator.

B.A.C.A. is an international organization.  The Maricopa County chapter has 70 volunteer members dedicated to empower victims of child abuse.  Some of the members, like Nytro, are also victims of abuse.

"It's a personal thing for me.  It's like trying to pay it forward. Something that didn't happen for me in my life," he said.

This group is made up of parents, grandparents, air traffic controllers and painters. 

Members are assigned a child, giving them vests, motorcycle rides, a blanket of love.  They support the victims in any way, sometimes that includes being in court for testimony.

"We sit in the courtroom, we let them know, look at us, don't look at the person who hurt you and it allows them to tell their story and that is the definition of empowerment," said B.A.C.A. president Rembrandt.

Nytro adds, "Taking them to court empowers them to get the convictions they deserve."

B.A.C.A. members will even camp outside a victim's home if they're afraid of a perpetrator.

B.A.C.A. was founded by a Utah social workers as a way to help children heal.

Organizers say children who feel safe and protected are more likely to tell the truth about their abuse because threats made by an abuser are offset by the presence of the protective bikers.

"We love to ride, but we just want to you know we have a reason to ride," said Nytro.

The non-profit organization has helped 80 children since July.  It also pays for therapy for victims through private donations and the sale of vests and pins.  They say 100 percent of the proceeds go to the victims.

Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A)
Maricopa County: | 1-800-371-9755
Pima County: | 1-877-235-7268

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