Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) – Kansas City, Missouri Chapter

Written by  July 30, 2004

On Thursday, July 15th, I had a chance to meet with Bravo, President of the Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Kansas City, Missouri Chapter to find out more about this wonderful organization.

B.A.C.A.’s mission is to create a safer environment for abused children and to help eliminate their fear of further abuse by including the child in their organization. B.A.C.A. members are always at the ready, and their hotline is only a phone call away, which guarantees a quick response to whatever these kids need.

They work close with local and state officials, police, and the Division of Family Services, who are already in place to help children. There is no doubt that when a group of B.A.C.A. members visit a kids home, it sends a clear message to all involved with the abused child that the child is part of their organization and they are prepared to lend their physical and emotional support to the child through affiliation and physical presence.

B.A.C.A. does not condone the use of violence or physical force; however, if they are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, they will do whatever is necessary to protect the child.

According to Bravo, the Kansas City Chapter of B.A.C.A. was founded in June 2003, and is part of a national organization. B.A.C.A. was started in 1995 in Utah, by a licensed child therapist who saw a need for a group like B.A.C.A. to help innocent victims overcome the trauma of what they had been through and to be able to help them face their abuser in court.

After a full year of working hard to maintain the integrity of B.A.C.A. and their mission, the members and supporters of the Kansas City, Missouri Chapter received their full charter. Bravo informed me there are currently more than 50 B.A.C.A. chapters in 18 states, and growing larger every year. The Kansas City, Missouri Chapter currently has 14 patch holders and approximately 15 supporters.

I asked Bravo what the requirements are for joining B.A.C.A. and he said, “There are no dues; just a time commitment. You must have a motorcycle or regular access to one, you must be 21 years of age, and maintain an 80 percent attendance at chapter meetings and rides for the children. You also must ride with the group for at least one year to become a patch holder.” According to Bravo, you can expect to devote at least 10 hours per month to the organization and the kids they help.

I also had the pleasure of meeting GoDog, a very friendly and stocky young man, who has been with the group for over two years. GoDog told me he was almost 20 years old and could hardly wait another year until he was old enough to become a full member. GoDog also informed me that his mother, Pokie, was Vice President of the chapter. Nothing like keeping such a wonderful cause in the family!

I asked Bravo if any of the kids were ever scared or intimidated by his group of bikers, and he said, “On occasion, they are a little intimidated, however, after the second or third visit, they look forward to their visits.” B.A.C.A. members camp out in the child’s yard if needed, and often play games or participate in whatever activity the child wishes.

Although the riding season in Kansas City can be somewhat short, unfortunately, child abuse is a year-round problem. Bravo informed me they recently obtained a 14’ travel trailer to help protect them from the inclement weather while camping out at their kid’s home and to serve as a mobile command post. I’m sure that beats the heck out of camping outside during the winter!

Bravo told me their chapter is currently involved with 12 kids in the Kansas City area, 1 in Lathrop, Missouri, and 2 in Topeka, Kansas. Their chapter covers an area within approximately one hour of Kansas City.

B.A.C.A. is financially supported by gifts from the public, corporations and through donations in exchange for t-shirts, pins and other merchandise. All members are volunteers, with 100 percent of all funds raised going to help the kids. Even if you don’t ride, you can still support B.A.C.A. through your contributions and support, plus, your donations are tax deductible.

If you’d like to contribute some time to help abused children or would like to make a donation, contact Bravo or any B.A.C.A. member by e-mailing them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling them at (913) 481-1032. Also make sure to check out their web site for more information about this incredible organization, whose main goal is to help protect children.

Story by Mike Schweder

Photos by Mike Schweder and Wayne Thompson