Biker gang protects child abuse victims

That had to be the best biker gang ever!

The South Australian chapter of “Bikers Against Child Abuse” – a worldwide organisation – has since 2006 been quietly protecting children and teenagers who would otherwise be living in fear.

Recognised by SA Police, the group offers 24-hour care to children or families who seek assistance after a report of abuse has been lodged.

BACA president, known as “Krash” to protect his identity, said although they don’t advocate violence, members would do “what it takes” to take away a child’s fears.

“Our single, narrow focus is to remove the fear from those children who are victims of abuse,” he said. “We allow them to stand up, have their say and take the steps required to go from being a victim to being a survivor (and) to make these kids feel like somebody gives a damn about them.”

Members need a police clearance to join and then complete a probation before being “patched”.

SA Police Media Director Shelaye Boothey said police had not worked with BACA but she was “not aware” of concerns over its work.

“Crime Gangs Taskforce are unaware that they’ve ever arrested, pinched, or anything … a member of BACA. There’s no suggestion they are an outlaw gang,” she said. “(But) if you believe or have any thought that a child is being harmed in any way … call police.”

BACA began in Utah, in the US in 1995 when psychologist J. P “Chief” Lilly realised children needed protection after they left his office. It has more than 30 US chapters and others in Victoria, WA and NSW. SA members regularly sit in court when children testify against abusers.

“If we have a child in need, we will camp in their front yard for a couple of nights so they can get a good night’s sleep,” Krash said. “The days leading up to court can be a trying time for them, (thinking about) sitting in front of a bunch of people and reliving probably the most terrifying moment of their life.”

US outlaw bikie club members ride with BACA overseas but no SA member belonged to a gang because “the motorcycle gang culture here would not let that happen”, Krash said.