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Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Tait-Chattopadhyay Memorial Humanities Lecture: Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Review By Jenan Williams

The Bikers Against Child Abuse information assembly was something that really moved me. I had never heard of B.A.C.A. before, and was very surprised when they mentioned they were one of the biggest organizations in the world, so I was really thankful that my professor arranged to have them come to speak to us. What I liked about their presentation was how laid back they were, it felt relaxed and real, and really showed how these people, who looked “super bad-ass” if I am able to say, are ordinary people working to be there for the children who need them. I pictured them as being modern day super heroes, driving any distance and under any conditions to be there for a frightened child who can’t sleep or is scared to go out and play.

CC Rider - Montreal Chapter President
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The work they do and the commitment they make is something like no other that I have heard of. Hearing them speak of what they would do for abused children brought tears to my eyes. The empathy and understanding this group has for these children was unbelievable and honestly made me have one of those “regaining faith in humankind” feelings. I was so moved and glad I learned about this organization that I even called two of my friends afterwards who are super interested in this field of work (working with abused or neglected children) and they were so intrigued and excited about B.A.C.A.

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We have looked at many important topics in our class, and this is definitely something that I will remember and take with me afterwards. If I ever come across a child or a parent of a child that would fit as a B.A.C.A child, I would never hesitate to spread the word. I wish more people knew about this and could get involved on both ends. I think the lengths they go to really make a difference in the lives of the children and parents. For these children, being able to play and explore their surroundings is their world, and B.A.C.A does an amazing job at letting kids be kids, because no child deserves to live in fear. 

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I would highly recommend B.A.C.A to speak at Bishops in the future, but maybe next time not limited to the sociology department. What they have to say is so important because it offers up their services for someone who might know someone who needs it and they are good role models for the people in need of our community. They possess bravery, commitment and empathy to children. They also break the stereotypes of masculinity, showing that even though they are tough bikers they are caregivers and are involved in social work. I want to thank them for taking the time to speak to us about who they are and what they do, their presentation was informative, moving, humorous and an all around good time. One of the best talks we’ve had at Bishop’s!

- Jenan Williams

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B.A.C.A. Montreal meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at On Rock Community Services located at 9554 Gouin West, Pierrefonds, Quebec at 19;30hrs and is open to the public. For more information check out their frequently asked questions (FAQ's) page or contact CC Rider directly at:

Montreal Quebec Chapter  
Helpline  (438) 794-6200 
P.O. Box 99514
Gouin West Montreal, Quebec    
Canada H4J 2R7
Special Thanks to Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Montreal for speaking at this years Tait-Chattopadhyay Memorial Lecture!

More Student Reviews

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(English Version To Follow) J'avoue que j'ai été confuse pendant 5-10 bonnes minutes au début de la conférence. Je ne comprenais pas le concept. Je pense que qu'on le veuille ou non, la société est telle qu'on a des préjugés (sur les motards en l'occurrence) et mon cerveau ne parvenait pas à faire le lien entre les gaillards sur scène et des enfants. En quoi pourraient-ils les aider ? La surprise passée, j'ai énormément apprécié l'intervention de l'association. Aider des enfants à ne plus avoir peur du monde dans lequel ils grandissent est une cause très noble, d'une importance primordiale et ils semblent très bien la servir. Parmi les nombreux points que je trouve très positifs, j'ai surtout retenu le fait que ce ne soit pas une chasse à l'homme. On n'est pas concentré sur l'abuseur mais sur l'enfant, ses peurs et son bien-être, sa sécurité. Le but n'est pas de se défouler sur le coupable mais de protéger la victime. Je suis intimement convaincue que répondre à la haine par la haine n'est jamais la solution et j'avais un peu peur au début que ce soit ça, de la vengeance. Mais non, au contraire leur mission est d'apporter de l'amour aux enfants pour casser le cercle de haine. Ils permettent à ces enfants blesser de refaire confiance aux adultes, de croire à nouveau en l'humanité. Par leur action ils empêchent les abusés de devenir abuseurs à leur tour, inversent un cercle vicieux en un cercle vertueux et contribuent à rendre le monde un peu meilleur pour tout le monde. Et pour ça, merci infiniment à eux.
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I must confess I was confused for 5-10 good minutes at the start of the conference. I did not understand what it was all about. I think that even if we try hard not to, society is such that we can't help believing in some prejudices (against bikers in this case) and my brain could not make the connection between the guys (and woman) on stage and children.  How could they possibly help them? When the surprise was over, I greatly appreciated the intervention of the association. Helping children not to be afraid of the world in which they grow is a very noble and essential cause and they seem to serve it with brio. Among the many points that I found very positive, I retain the fact that this is not a manhunt. Focus is not on the abuser but on the child, his fears and his welfare, his safety. The aim is not to take it out on the culprit but to protect the victim. I strongly believe that responding to hate with hate is never the solution and at first I feared that it was about revenge. But it's not, on the contrary their mission is to bring children love to break the hate circle. They allow these hurt children to trust adults again, to believe in humanity. By their action, they prevent the abused to become abusers their turn, reversing a vicious circle into a virtuous circle. They contribute to make the world a better place for everyone. And for that, I'd like to thank them endlessly. 
- Amandine Thomas
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The presentation was incredibly touching and even brought me to tears a few times. It really makes you think about small actions that can be easily taken that can have a huge impact on someone else’s life. I loved the way they were united, even on stage in front of a lot of people. We could really feel their emotions, their passion for what they believe in and I really believe that they can make a big change in the world. It makes me feel a lot better to know that someone is taking care of those little fellas that can’t even defend themselves.  Thank you for making us attend, I was really moved. 

- Alyca Duquette
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I thought the presentation was inspiring! These people are truly guardian angels. It is really a lesson to be learned  that you can never truly judge a book by it’s cover; but in their cases the people who do judge them works out to be for their advantage! Anyways, i thought the presentation was very thorough in explaining what they do and what they stand for.  Loved the part where they went into detail about explaining each role a person contribution to the ‘family’ dynamic. As well as explaining what each color represented on their badges, everything stands for a purpose and not one thing is left out. I would also like to mention that i just about broke down myself, when one of the bikers (looking so tough in all his biking gear, and very manly i may add) nearly broke down on stage crying from talking about how much he cares for all those children out there. TRULY INSPIRING TO ALL!!! All i can say is wow, please keep on doing what you are doing, and that i enjoyed myself very much at the presentation and i learned so much! 
- Noelle Stengel
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I would like for B.A.C.A to know that I personally support them 100%. What they do for children is absolutely amazing, they are changing these children’s lives and helping these kids develop bravery and many other important traits. Like they said repeatedly in their speech is that they always show up. Which is the most important thing in my opinion. The children need to know that someone will show up, that there is someone that cares about them. I very much enjoyed their visit. I had no idea before the visit that there was such a group that dedicated so much of their time to the needs of the children, so I also learned quite a bit during the visit. It makes me really happy to know that these bikers, who seem scary, do so much for the kids that have been victims of such horrible things. I am proud of the members of B.A.C.A. because what they do is not easy, they work hard and do amazing things. What I liked the most from their talk is how passionate and devoted these members are to the mission. They would not only take a bullet for a child, but they live for these children. I enjoyed their talk a lot, it was very interesting and I learnt quite a bit! 
- Monika Poidinger
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I thought the lecture to be very interesting, this was something I didn’t know about and I thought it was very amazing and it really touched me. I loved hearing stories and seeing some of you getting emotional, it was great to visibly see just how much you care and how devoted you are to your organization.  I found your lecture to be detailed but not confusing so it was very easy to follow along and really understand what B.A.C.A is all about. I was immediately interested in the lecture the second I walked into the auditorium, once I saw all the awesome motorcycles lined up at the bottom of the stage. I didn’t know one thing about B.A.C.A other than what the acronym stood for, but I was instantly curious and drawn to whatever I was going to hear during the lecture. I think it’s important that your organisation continues to grow and gain attention from everyone, young and old. I especially loved how you demonstrated how you present the teddy bear and other objects to the kids that you help. It’s the small things that made your presentation very interesting and not only that but everything was clear and concise. I appreciate what you do and I know that there are many other people that feel the same way, especially all of the kids that you have helped. Finally, thank you for what you do and thank you for coming to Champlain Regional College to educate us on what your organisation is all about, and your mission. 
- Colleen Brazel
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When looking back at what I thought about BACA’s visit the first word that comes to mind is how genuine they were. Throughout their entire presentation I felt a sense of safety and kindness as they all spoke which is why they are so respected. I find it very impressive that they continuously do this on their own time without being paid. I can already imagine that having an everyday job can be tiring and on top of all that they dedicate endless hours to these children to make their lives better. What I would like them to know is that this world needs more people like them. They are so courageous and brave to go out on their own time to help a child, which is truly admirable. I would also like them to know that my perception of bikers completely changed after their presentation. I used to find them so intimidating/scary but I quickly learnt that I cannot judge a book by its cover! kudos to them for doing what they do and I wish them all the best on future ventures. 
- Sabrina Koné
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This heartbreaking conference was filled with emotions and pleasure. I was engrossed by the presentation of these tough looking guys (and girl) from beginning to end. First of all, I would like to thank all the members of the group for the amazing job that they’re doing and the voluntary engagement they’re providing to the children in need. I find what you’re doing very inspiring and people should take the example of this to help create a better society. When I first see you all arrived on the stage, I honestly thought that it would be boring but when you started explaining your mission and what you were doing to help the children, I was flabbergasted. Moreover, your slides presented on the screen were very well organized and the fact that you provided some really interesting statistics concerning child abuse helped us to have a better understanding of the subject. The way B.A.C.A. works, the meaning of the colours, and the intervention to court appearance also helped us to understand that what you’re doing required a big heart and a lot of devotion. Finally, I was really surprised by the fact that all the hard work you’re doing is done voluntarily and that 100% of funds is to carry out the mission. That proves us that you love what you’re doing and that you’re doing that for the love of the children and not for the love of money.  And we can see that you’re all making a big difference because as you said in the presentation: “A wounded child who has had B.A.C.A. intervention is more likely to disclose his/her abuse and testify against their abuser.” You help children to gain a better self-worth and confidence, and this is something essential is their life.   So thank you again for everything you’re providing to our society and continue your hard work! Because to the world you may be one person… but for one person you may be the world. 
- Étienne Gendron
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The presentation given by Bikers Against Child Abuse is one that I’m happy to have attended. Not only is it for such an amazing cause and done for absolutely no money in return, but it’s something that you can clearly see is very important to each member. The stories they tell are chalk full of emotion and reach out to people. The message these men and women send is a very clear one, but one that holds a lot of meaning. Do not mess with their family. I can only imagine how utterly comforting it is for scared and emotionally damaged children to see these people and know that they’re being protected by them. It’s not only the fact that they made this organization but it’s the fact that they go out of their way to ensure no harm comes to anyone in their family, they devote themselves fully to protecting and providing comfort, no matter when or where they make the promise that they’ll show up or answer a phone call and that’s a promise that they keep. In a life where so many promises of safety and refuge have been broken I cannot begin to imagine how much of a relief it would be to hear their voices or see them show up after a sleepless night of fear or an encounter with the person who caused them such harm. In a lot of ways, I would like to express my gratitude to each and every member, not only the ones that are stationed throughout Canada but also across the world. Because of these people there are criminals going to jail for the heinous crimes they’ve committed against innocent children. These man and women go out of their way to do something that normal people are most often too scared to do, they step in and they remain there until the child feels safe. The very notion of taking on a case without knowing many details can be challenging on it’s own, but to save the child, and themselves, from having to go over the abuse suffered they rise to the occasion and offer the best possible protection they can. And for that I fully support and applaud them for their selfless devotion at trying to make this world a better place for the young people who have been hurt abused in ways that are unimaginable. Thank you for recommending the presentation as I enjoyed it very much! 
- Keisha Brus
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What I liked most about their talk was that they have loyalty towards the kids there helping and are willing to do anything for them, I find that very moving. Because now a day’s people say they will help someone but they end up not helping them but they are not like that they’ll go on their bikes when there called to go help children know matter what rain, shine, maybe even ragging volcano they will go no matter what to help a child in need. What thing I found very cool was what the colors represented for the badges white stands for the innocence of children, red stands for the blood the children bleed, the fist is for the opposition to child abuse, the skull and crossbones is because there bickers and bickers always have those on, chains stand for united org, black stands for the death of child abuse. What I would like to ask them is if they must go into stage 4 where they go to the area where there accused lives to pass flyers what happens if the accused attacks them when there passing out flyers can they defend them self’s or do they have to run away and report it? If they do report being attacked by the accused does that effect the case? Does it mess up the case where it gets thrown out?
- Travis Benoit-Nielsen
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I think that what you, B.A.C.A. group, are doing is very great. You do a big act of kindness that not everyone is able to do without waiting for something in return. It is not for nothing that children trust you; you inspire confidence with your jacket and your teddy bear that you give to them. At my opinion, it is good that a group of bikers like you intervene with child that are abused because you are imposing (as rumours) so you are giving the children a big self-confidence when they feel like having importance to your eyes. I think that this is magic that you use your “power” in society this way. Thank you very much for coming and present me what a beautiful organization you are! It feels great to know that there are good peoples with good values that help some important and sad causes in our world. 
- Frédérique Vigneault
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I enjoyed the BACA presentation on child abuse. I was surprise that a motorcycle group take care of children like they do. I really like how they present their organism and how all the stuff they do for kids. I find it was a good idea to give a vest and a teddy bear to every abuse child. It will help the child to get confidence in them and to share their experience with BACA group. I was really surprised when one member of the group told that a BACA child called them 13 nights in a row and they respond every times.  It was really a passion for them and we can see it when they were talking about it. I enjoyed the presentation and the group activity for child abuse. 
- Ariane Desroches
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I would like to take the opportunity to comment on how fascinated I was by your mission during the lecture. Having done research papers into motorcyclists clubs, typically the hell’s angels, I thought you did an excellent job in breaking down the stereotypical images associated with motorcyclists. As you stated, your mission does not condone nor consist of violence, and you are primarily interested in protecting and empowering children to not be afraid of the world in which they live in. The fact that each and every one of you voluntarily goes out of your way to help protect children from future abuse is truly admirable and inspirational. It is important to note, that your lecture not only had a significant impact on me as a student and sibling, but that it also significantly impacted those whom have children and can relate to your overall goal. Thank you for having taken the time to speak about such an important issue and the actions you are taking to help ensure a child’s safety and protection within society. 
- Jessica Hickey
I think that their initiative is one of the most noble. There are fully emotionally invested in the safety of children and advocate for an unhindered developmental experience. I love how they are doing volunteer work but they deem it their job. I was already aware of this, but their involvement with the police and their appearances in court shows a higher level of commitment towards the safety of the child. It is a life commitment to them. It touched me to see that they literally hug the teddy bear within the whole chapter before handing it to the child; it sends a strong symbolic message. Their presence within the child’s life empowers them to feel no shame nor fear when confronting the reality of their situation. It’s a big relief on their tiny chests to be able to freely bike down the streets, attend school or extensively to testify against the perpetrator without terror. The dream catcher donated by Gabriel Wapachee is a strong imagery to the influence that Bikers Against Child Abuse have on the mental sanity of abused children. I was glad to see Wapachee's project went to good hands! 
- Marc-Etienne Messier
On Tuesday October 18th, 2016, I attended the B.A.C.A talk that was held in Centennial Theater at Bishop’s University. Going into this talk, I was slightly apprehensive as I knew nothing about this group of bikers said to be taking a stand against child abuse. I had no clue what to expect from this talk; most of the talks that I had attended did not influence me in any sort of way. After about 10 minutes into the talk, I was immediately taken away by how invested in children this group of bikers were. Right from the moment they all stood up and said their mission statement I could tell that this group of bikers were not like any other. Through out the entire hour and a half long discussion there were many instances of powerful emotion. For instance, when one of the bikers spoke about an example where the abuser would do drive-byes to scare the child and his mother. It was then that the biker began to tear up and I could tell that they had so much invested in this project. Hearing their stories of their fellow ‘adopted children’ and the lengths they will go to, to protect that child was completely astounding. I loved how involved they become in the child’s life and how they bring the child in as their own; by giving them a teddy bear and the jean jacket with their patch on the back. I can honestly say that I have never seen a group of people more dedicated to their mission. What I liked about B.A.C.A was how they did not condone violence to any extent. Personally, growing up, when thinking or seeing a biker gang I immediate thought of violence and how they were ‘bad guys’. This talk really changed my initial impression of bikers; they took the concept of bikers and transformed it into something amazing. They are doing something for the greater society that should have been done years ago. Children are the future of our society and by protecting them and giving them a better chance at life is exactly what B.A.C.A is trying to do and I could not be any happier that there is a large group of people out there willing to do so. I sincerely wish there were more people out there willing to create change within society and I hope that this chain of B.A.C.A continues to spread from one city to another. I would sincerely like to apologize to the Montreal B.A.C.A chapter for the incident that occur while they visited Bishop’s University. I personally know that by learning what they are doing for children has moved me and I wish other people felt the same way. I am in disbelief that fellow students (or the students at Champlain College) would do anything of the sorts. I completely support all that B.A.C.A stands for and everything they are doing for children. Thank you for taking time to come to Bishop’s and continuing to hold the talk despite what happened. I know B.A.C.A will continue to do great things for society and I wish them all the best! 
- Kerrie Rankin 
I really liked the BACA conference! I truly think what they are doing for all those children is great! They are an inspiration and deserve a huge amount of respect! 
- Marguerite Fortin

I think the purpose of this organization is very accurate to children because it is important for a child to live his childhood in which B.A.C.A pays much attention.  A child cannot understand certain events where adults’ role becomes important; to protect, to make him/her feel no fear (feel safe).  I think values B.A.C.A. has such as honor and integrity are very representative of ones we should find in our society nowadays to make it function well.  For instance, B.A.C.A.  knows how to take children by what he or she loves.  Also, what I noticed and appreciate is the fact members were not afraid to show their feelings, their emotions and share them with other members in front of us.  They all hugged each other and they would cry if they felt it to.  In brief, they broke the stereotype telling men can’t show their emotions and can’t hug each other because they could be seen as “homosexual” to other people’s eyes for example, which is suppose to be normal and accepted.  They just demonstrate strong brotherhood (and the women as well!  Let’s not forget) and attachment to the organization.  In the same way, it was interesting how much you can see they all are part of this organization for the good reasons: to empower children no to be afraid in the world they live, to feel safe, to regain childhood.  They would simply do this by do showing up and make them feel no fear, which I find perfect for a child.  They focus on what’s important: the child.  You can really feel B.A.C.A. members are highly engaged; it is their way of life.  They know no matter what temperature, hour or how you feel a child could be under abuse.  Therefore, B.A.C.A is ALWAYS there for children which is another important aspect of what makes this organization exceptional.  Not to mention that members all are volunteers who give as much as they can.  Perhaps this is why B.A.C.A. is special and effective; it’s all about heart.  Thank you B.A.C.A.!
- Arianne Lapointe

About the Tait-Chattopadhyay Memorial Lecture

The Tait-Chattopadhyay Memorial Lecture is an annual event that has been continued for more than two decades by the Humanities Department of the Lennoxville Campus of Champlain Regional College. The Lecture was inspired by the careers of Savithri Chattopadhyay and Ian Tait, two professors who embodied the values and practices of the Humanities in their teaching. The Lecture was thus established in order to continue their work, encouraging students and community members to reflect critically on intellectual, social and cultural issues in contemporary society.

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Read More About B.A.C.A. Montreal!

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  3. B.A.C.A. Benefit Concert - Montreal, Qc By Percy Hart
  4. Bikers Against Child Abuse: des enfants québécois sécurisés par les motards By Par Anne-Frédérique Hébert-Dolbec
  5. These Quebec Bikers Want to Help Kids Confront Their Abusers By Brigitte Noël
  6. ​'Their perp isn't going to get past us to hurt them again': Bikers Ride to Help Child Abuse Victim By Andrew Seymour

About The Student Reviews

Jenan Williams, Arianne Lapointe, Amandine Thomas, Alyca Duquette, Noelle Stengel, Monika Poidinger, Colleen Brazel, Sabrina Koné, Étienne Gendron, Keisha Brus, Travis Benoit-Nielsen, Frédérique Vigneault, Ariane Desroches, Jessica Hickey, Marc-Etienne Messier, Kerrie Rankin, and Marguerite Fortin are presently studying at Champlain College Lennoxville and Bishop's University located in Quebec, Canada.

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  1. Without a doubt everything captured in this very well written article is 100% bang on. I am only sorry I missed the lecture.

  2. Fucking Awesome Brother...

  3. Hi Mr Corbin,
    This looks great! The photos really add a lot. Thank you for choosing my write up, I had no problem taking the time to do this because it was something I genuinely enjoyed.