Unlikely heroes come to the rescue of an abused child
A woman and her daughter, who suffered years of abuse because of the mother’s ex-husband, found help from an unlikely ally; a biker gang.
Over 3.5 million children suffer abuse every year, according to CBS News.
The woman, named Karen, found her daughter to be one of those statistics in 2014.
“It was terrifying when you can’t close your eyes at night to go to sleep because you don’t know what’s going to happen—it’s the unknown that you’re afraid of,” Karen explains.
But she found support from an unexpected place.
Biker gangs are synonymous with leather jackets, tattoos, and big, loud motorcycles, and can be intimidating.
But one particular biker group is an organization called Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA).
Their motto is “No Child Deserves to Live in Fear.”
The group of men and women was put together in 1995 by a social worker who saw first hand how living in fear can damage children.
The BACA’s mission statement says they “exist as a body of Bikers to empower children not to feel afraid of the world in which they live.”
President of the Connecticut Chapter, Happy Dodson, the part of the group that helped Karen’s daughter said:
“One thing we try and do as an organization is to help that child feel empowered, so they can enjoy their childhood and grow up as an adult knowing that there’s always going to be somebody there and not all adults are bad,” he explains, as per CBS.
With authorities’ permission, they help by getting involved in the lives of children who have been victims of abuse.
They make them feel safe by shuttling them to and from school, accompanying them to court hearings, and even offer 24/7 supervision of the house.
The biker group acts like a close-knit family, attempting to bring stability back into the child’s life.
They also help children feel secure so that they can get back into their routine.
“If the child has problems sleeping or getting on the bus or is afraid to go to school, we’ll take you to school. When the bus drops you off, we’ll be there. We’ll take you home, and if need be we’ll stay in that yard until you feel comfortable,” Happy Dodson said.
The members of the organization get a full background check, and they received training from a mental health professional in dealing with traumatized children.
“It was nice to know that all of these people were on her side. She had that backup, you know, and that she wasn’t alone,” Karen told CBS.
Though Karena and her daughter went through a horrible ordeal, they found support from an organization formed by a group of unlikely heroes.