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Notes from the

 Patapsco Valley Chapter

 B.A.C.A. of Maryland

“No child should live in fear.”


B.A.C.A. bikers have heroes with funny names: Sock Monkey, Smoke, Casper, Ugg, Boo, FuZ and Sonar. They’re the road names chosen by a few of the kids B.A.C.A. supports and empowers and they’re the people the bikers admire most. “These kids deal with things most adults can’t even imagine,” one biker says. “We consider anything we can do to help them an honor and a privilege for us.”
The bikers know that the kids can be a lot of fun. Whether they’re taking them for a ride, going for pizza or ice cream, or just sitting and talking, the B.A.C.A. members count hours spent with kids as some of the best times they have.

For their part, the kids learn that the bikers are there for them—just for them—24/7/365. B.A.C.A. members can tell you about 3:00 a.m. phone calls from frightened children and long rides to visit kids who need to be reassured that we really mean it when we say that we will do whatever it takes to empower them to overcome their fear.
The involvement is intense, there is no pay, and B.A.C.A. doesn’t look for public recognition. Despite all that, there’s no better job on earth.

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Maybe you’ve seen them somewhere—on the road, in a courthouse or even at a house in your neighborhood. They’re young or not so young, bearded or clean-shaven, tattooed or clear-skinned. They’re men and women, dark-skinned, light-skinned, large and small. They ride a variety of motorcycles and sport a wondrous array of pins, patches and chains on weathered vests of denim or leather. But as diverse as they are, the patch on their back tells you that they all belong to the same family: they are the brothers and sisters of Bikers Against Child Abuse—B.A.C.A.
They share a bond that is based on their love for children and their dedication to doing everything they can to support and empower abused kids, to take away the fear that the abuser uses to control a child.
The bond of brotherhood/sisterhood that B.A.C.A. members share is hard to explain, but here’s an example that might help: when it was learned that a B.A.C.A. sister might need a kidney transplant, a brother offered one of his immediately. It was not the last offer.
The road to a B.A.C.A. backpatch is neither short nor easy. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to do and it all takes time and dedication. Most people who try it don’t make it. Those who do make it, who become patched members, join a close-knit family of thousands that is spread across the US and around the world.
If you’re looking for fun, for poker runs and bike weeks and picnics and parties, good luck with your search—there are lots of nice groups around. But if you’d like to show a perp and a neighborhood that an abused child has friends who cannot be scared off, if you’d like to walk into a court house with a kid who is ready  to testify because her biker family is with her and fears nobody, then B.A.C.A. just might be for you.

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