The annual Stand Against Child Abuse was Friday afternoon here in Owensboro.  Hundreds of people gathered to rally around the cause and draw awareness to the startling frequency of child abuse in the Commonwealth.  One group, Bikers Against Child Abuse, joined us for the first time to show their support and spread the word about their amazing mission.

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I can tell you.  It was an absolute privilege to meet this dedicated group of bikers, all members of the Bowling Green, Kentucky chapter of B.A.C.A.

The mission of Bikers Against Child Abuse is quite simple- "to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live."

As chapter Sargent At Arms, Stone Cold, explained to me, "We are not vigilantes.  But if we know a child is in a dangerous situation, we will surround that home to let the child know they're not going to be hurt anymore."

There's a variety of ways these "bikers" do that and instill a sense of security into an abused child's life: 1) They visit children at school 2) They accompany children to court and parole hearings to advocate for and protect the child 3) They may accompany children to therapy and, in some cases, help offset the cost of treatment 4) And, as described above, they, occasionally, provide a physical presence at the child's home to ensure a safer, more stable environment.

And Stone Cold and chapter Child Liaison Gabby told me of another empowerment "ritual" that is an incredible gesture of family and protection.  After being referred to B.A.C.A., a short ceremony is held in which the child in need is welcomed into the B.A.C.A family.  During that ceremony, the child is given a true biker "road name" and is bestowed the knowledge and comfort that he/she is in the protection of the "Keepers of the Children."

And with a guy named Stone Cold on your side . . . and his legion of riders and rebels in your corner . . . you're going to feel empowered, shielded and safe.

If you'd like more information about Bikers Against Child Abuse, you can visit their official website.

The group also has a help line.  That number is 1-866-71-ABUSE.