Bikers Against Child Abuse presents at Kiwanis

Bikers Against Child Abuse members "Navigator" and "Reaper" present at a Kiwanis meeting last week. (Submitted photo)

An organization that takes action to help children presented at a Kiwanis meeting in Fulton last week.

Bikers Against Child Abuse is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that provides aid, comfort, safety and support for children that have been sexually, physically and emotionally abused.

Mary Martin, Kiwanis treasurer, said one of the things she found interesting from the presentation was it takes 18 months for any club to be recognized as a BACA club and there is 60 or more hours of training every member does.

The two speakers at the event go by their biker names Navigator and Reaper. They are part of the local chapter of BACA.

BACA members make sure abuse has been reported to authorities. Upon notification of a child abuse case, they get on their bikes and visit the child and authorities.

Martin said some other information she learned about BACA is they can't take action until a court case is filed. Once a case is filed, BACA can step in and help. Some court cases can take up to six years.

BACA was founded by a licensed Clinical Social Worker who was a registered play therapist/supervisor who taught at Brigham Young University for 17 years.

BACA has chapters in different states such as Utah, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. They work in counties surrounding Callaway County.

The organization sends a clear message the child is now protected.

Martin said many people turned out to listen to the presentation by BACA at 1851 Underground Tap & Grill in Fulton.

"They would be beneficial to hear on a much larger scale," she said. "They would be a great presentation to have at any function. What BACA does needs to be known."