Doc P Child Liaison, Fort Worth Chapter Child Liaison, BACA Texas Bikers Against Child Abuse The Organization Bikers Against Child Abuse B.A.C.A. International International Executive International Board: STAFF State Representatives Board: OFFICERS NON-VOTING VOTING VOTING State Executive State Executive State Executive State Executive State Executive Board Board Board Board Board Chapter Executive Boards: MEMBERSHIP NON-VOTING US: 128 Chapters, 35 States State Staff: NON-VOTING Australia: 9 Chapters, 7 States Chapter Representatives: Italy: 2 Chapters VOTING Netherlands: 3 Chapters Typical B.A.C.A. Chapter Structure Chapter President Chapter Executive Board Elected by Patched Members Vice President Treasurer Secretary Security Officer Road Teams Chapter Operations Staff Membership Merchandise Event Coordinator Road Captains Coordinator Coordinator Appointed by Executive Board Road Guards Child Liaison(s) Court Liaison(s) Clinical Advisor Chapter Child Relations Staff Appointed by Executive Board Chapter Patched Members Prospective Supporters Chapter Membership Representatives Members Must comply w/all BACA standards and rules Bikers Against Child Abuse Chapter - Location State of Texas - Austin Austin - Pflugerville Brazos Valley - Brenham Buffalo Creek - Waxahachie Caddo Creek - Quinlan Cross Timbers - Weatherford Dallas - Plano Five Hills - Copperas Cove Fort Worth - Arlington Gulf Coast - Santa Fe Hill Country - Frederickburg Houston - Baytown Lost Pines - Smithville Lubbock - Lubbock Padre Island Corpus Christi Permian Basin - Odessa Rolling Plains - Sweetwater Sam Bass - Georgetown San Antonio - San Antonio Sherman Sherman Waco Waco Texarkana - Texarkana 5 Wichita Falls Wichita Falls - Longview Woodbine Bikers Against Child Abuse Members Where does BACA come from? • All walks of life • Some members were abused as children • Some members joined after their child was abused • The MC world – Rider Groups (HOG, Star, Honda) – Service Organizations (Patriot Guards) – Motorcycle Ministries, BACA – Motorcycle Clubs What is a “Patch”? A “Patch” is a man or woman who is a BACA member in good standing who has met, and continues to meet all requirements for membership, and who continues to demonstrate the ability to be a primary contact for a BACA child. A “Patch” • Fingerprints & National Crime Information Center Check – Domestic violence – Sex crimes – Crimes against children • Ride with the chapter for one year (must have a motorcycle or regular access to ride) • Supervised by a “patch” • 80% attendance • Completed all training requirements – Interacting with kids – Attending “initals”, “adoptions” AND court – Child abuse training by a clinical advisor • Agrees to abide by the mission statement and code of conduct at all times A “Patch” • The patch identifies a BACA member in good standing anywhere in the world to the child! • The patch does not belong to the member, it belongs to BACA • No representation of BACA affiliation on social media is tolerated • You can’t be a BACA patch and a member of a motorcycle club. • You can be a BACA supporter if you pass the background check How BACA Works • We are not Big Brothers and Big Sisters, we are BACA brothers and sisters • “Our mission is not to be permanently engaged as the child’s power. Our mission is to help the children and their families learn how powerful they can be. Our presence will be available as long as the child needs us.” http://www.bacausa.com/Internet/AboutBACA. aspx What B.A.C.A. Isn’t We are not vigilantes – We do not hunt down, threaten or contact the accused in any manner We are not a motorcycle gang, or a club – We wear a back patch for recognition by the children We are not short term – Our involvement with a child lasts as long as the child needs the kind of support our organization offers. We are not a fund raising agency – We only raise enough funds to meet our kids needs 12 What we don’t do • Learn the details of the criminal case • Offer in any way to punish or intimidate the perpetrator • Interfere with the legal system • Offer financial support except for very unique circumstances • Kidnap/rescue children from their families • Reveal the identities of BACA kids & families Bikers Against Child Abuse Training How Are Children Hurt? • 58.4% of confirmed cases (Antipathy, Neglect, Psychological Abuse) • 21.3% of confirmed cases (Physical Abuse) • 11.3% of confirmed cases (Sexual Abuse) • 35,000-50,000/year cases confirmed in TX (2001-2005) How Sex Abuse Occurs Motivation—the perp accepts being aroused by children May have been a victim of child sex abuse May not have alternative sources of gratification May not want alternative sources of gratification Poor heterosexual competence Internal Inhibitions—overcome normal internal inhibitions External Inhibitions—isolates the child from protection of other caregivers Child’s Resistance–skilled manipulation of emotionally immature children Direct or implicit coercion Attention Alcohol or drugs Behavioral Characteristics of Abused Children 1. Ability to choose or to speak out is ripped away! 2. Feel totally worthless (don’t count); isolated: different from their peers 3. Pessimistic expectations for the future, including a foreshortened life span. 4. Younger children withdraw and may become mute 5. Adolescents act out, through truancy, sexual behavior, substance abuse, self injury, or delinquency. 6. 18% are considered at high risk for suicide The children absolutely believe that the perpetrator will sneak into the house at night and kill them. Sexual Abuse In Childhood (10-20%) 1. Spying while a child undresses in a private setting (bathroom) 2. Having a child pose, undress, or perform in a sexual manner 3. Purposely showing adult sex activity, pornographic movies or photos 4. Taking sexual photographs of the child 5. Child pornography or prostitution for financial gain 6. Sexually touching or fondling the child 7. Oral-genital, genital-genital, and ano-genital contact 8. Penetration of the vagina or anus with objects or fingers 9. Forced or unforced intercourse Perpetrators Child Abuse (all) Sexual Abuse Relationship to Child Relationship to Child* • Parents (75%) • Intrafamilial • Other relatives (7%) – 50% for girl victims • Unmarried partner (4%) – 20% for boy victims • Others (e.g., baby sitter) • Trusted acquaintances outside the home (50%) • 25-60% by juveniles Sex of Perpetrators Sex of Perpetrators • Female (58%) • Female (10%) • Male (42%) • Male (90%) *Higher rates of very serious/serious abuse by acquaintances than by intrafamilial perpetrators. Respect the Child • A well meaning touch can inadvertently violate a child’s boundary • Avoid frontal contact when possible • Don’t ask for hugs • Don’t ask to give hugs • When you greet the child, get on their level • Remove your sunglasses Be Wary of the Families and Respectful of their Trauma • Remember our mission is to empower the children, not to rescue them. • Maintain very strict boundaries with the families and the children – Enforce the 2 patch rule for child contacts – Make incidental contacts short and formal (Walmart) – Copy each other on all emails – Record each contact • Every aspect of the story may not be accurate • Single mothers tend to exhibit more dependence and drama, histrionics and emotionally needy behavior • As many as 85% of the mothers of victims are untreated abuse victims themselves Caution • Don’t become a witness • Don’t become an investigator • Don’t become a councilor • Don’t become a confidant • Don’t allow others to fall into any of these traps • Enforce the two patch rule at all times Other things members are taught about The Management of Child Abuse* Recognition/Diagnosis • Professional training for an often difficult diagnosis • Be careful in custody disputes Reporting • Mandated for professionals • Only need the suspicion to report • Hot line allows anonymous reporting by anyone Investigations • The intake process can take months (collecting evidence) • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—TX Family Code: Responsible for abuse in home or child care settings • Law Enforcement—Criminal Code: Responsible for abuse outside the home Management • CPS can remove the child or the perpetrator from the home • Most removed children are placed with family or close acquaintances • Therapy Adjudication • Can take years • Younger children have poor language skills (2-5 years) and cannot make good cases in most instances • Unless a felony level of neglect is discovered, CPS does not keep the case open • Grand Juries often let teens off with treatment *Leave this to the professionals & see that your kids stick with the system. Bikers Against Child Abuse What We Do BACA Referrals • Families, law enforcement, child advocates/agencies can all contact BACA directly • The representative contacts BACA, or refers the family. • The BACA Child Liaison verifies that the authorities have been contacted, and there is a case • The Liaison contacts the family and arranges an “Initial” interview. The Initial Interview “Initial” • A small group of riders (4-6 bikes) – 2 patches (minimum) – At least 1 officer – Child liaison & probable primary member – Prospective member(s) • Interview – Do not recruit the child or family! – Confirm that this is an abuse case (not details) – Explain BACA – Learn about the child’s personality, fears, heroes, likes & dislikes – Leave the child with the choice to become a BACA kid, and to choose when & where • Plan next steps – Choose a “Road Name” for the BACA child – Adoption (“Level 1”) – Court appearances – Other support that may be necessary Level 1 Intervention “The Adoption” • Schedule a ride – 2 weeks out unless there’s an emergency need – Post to secure internet (protect identity) – Obtain leather vest with child’s road name – Stay in touch with the family & agencies • Recruit as many riders as possible – Attended by many chapters – More bikes is better • Meeting prior to the ride – Screen for background checks – Instructions on dealing with the child – Ride briefing – Assignments Coming to a neighborhood near you! The Adoption Ceremony • The ride in – 25-50 motorcycles in parade-like formation – Ride to the location and park in approved spots – Secure the ceremony from onlookers & passers by • Ceremony – Introduce the child by road name – Reading of a certificate of adoption of BACA by the child – Introducing all the chapters – Filling the animals with love – Pillow case, blanket – Meeting the child – BACA shoes • Child Ride (Parents & CPS staff are welcome) – Suitable safety equipment – Have to reach the pegs – Bikers vie for the ride – Circle through the neighborhood from one to several times • Mischief – Bubbles – Water fights Court • In Fort Worth we expect everyone to experience court before being patched • All activities coordinated by the chapter court liaison • Pretend your case is next on the docket • Seek permission to wear colors (check with the prosecutor) • YOU ARE THERE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR A CHILD! • Don’t – Play with the child so that the child is unable settle down to testify – Stare at anyone in the court in an intimidating manner – Whisper or talk – Make faces or gestures that encourage the child in any way – Cough, groan, make disapproving sounds or faces • Being kicked out could jeopardize BACA’s chances in any other case or jurisdiction • Respect the rules of the court and help the child What Does BACA do After Court ? Celebrate! – Whatever the outcome, its over and time to move forward Maintain contact with the child – For as long as the child needs the assurance and support of BACA – Invite to BACA kid Events – Celebrate future milestones in the child’s life – birthday’s, graduations, marriages, etc.. – How long ? As long as the child wants… Note: We have been reconnecting with some older kids as the perpetrators become eligible for parole. 31 Bikers Against Child Abuse How does it work? Court: BACA TX 2010 • 224 Children Formally Engaged in BACA • 82 Court Appearances – 59 Guilty (32 pleas) – 8 Life, 3 Life w/o Parole – Average Sentence 32 Years – 17 Probation (Average Sentence 11 Years) • 6 Not Guilty Two Unusual Cases 1. “JZ” 14 year old female Abducted and trafficked on Craig’s List Gang related 2. “Short Term” 20 year old female 2 sisters forced into sex for over 10 years Biologic father How BACA Works Why Bikes & Bikers? The child is impacted by • The sound & sight of the bikes • The control over the bikers • The feelings of safety and comfort • The softness of the teddy bear • The comfort of the blanket One professional counselor observed that the involvement with BACA, “is worth 2 years of counselling”, to raise the child’s resolve [to testify]. How BACA Works Returning Control to the Child Members are trained to offer a model of men and women who can be tough if needed and can also show that they care. Examples • Allow the child to control the space • Ask the child’s permission • Don’t take it personally if a child says NO • Reinforce that it is a good thing for them to say NO. • Hug the Teddy Bear Rules • Two patch rule! • If you tell the child you will be there—SHOW UP! • Don’t ever lie to a child. • Wear your patch everywhere you go on your bike. • If at all possible, always ride your bike to visit your BACA kids • If you find yourself in a situation where the child only feels comfortable talking about the abuse with you, redirect them. • They need to talk to a therapist about these things not to you! How BACA Works Maintaining a Presence • The child is in control of BACA • We are there when the children need us – Primary Contacts – Visits – Kid events • We go to court with the children • We share our strength with the children • We will not go away: – Children can contact us anytime – Once a B.A.C.A. child, always a B.A.C.A. child until the child decides otherwise How BACA Can Help Clinical Findings Related to Abuse Treatment Goal* Severe (pathological) abuse of power Appropriate use of power* Fear of authority Reconciliation with authority* Social isolation Affiliation/involvement* Denial/minimized sensitivity Acceptance/heightened sensitivity Lack of empathy of others Empathy Inadequate controls & limit setting Adequate controls* Blurred boundaries Appropriate boundaries* Reversal of some parent/child roles Appropriate parent and child roles Emotional deprivation & neediness Acceptable needs gratification Magical expectations Realistic expectations Other Activities • For the kids (Quarterly EVENT) – Easter Party – Annual Statewide Campout – Back To School Event – Halloween Party – Christmas Party • For the public – Child abuse awareness events – Fund raisers (2-3/year) • For members – National, State and Local Chapter Meetings – 100 Mile Ride – The Kids! 39 BACA Christmas 2010 BACA Easter 2011 BACA Back To School 2011 If you’re a BACA kid, you know the wearer of this patch will keep you safe!
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