These tough bikers have a son spot: aiding victims. Anytime,
anywhere, [or as long as it takes the child to [eel sate, these leatherbound
guardians will stand tall and strong against the dark, and the [ear, and those
who seek to harm.
The girl chewing on her lip was abused by a relative, according to police
reports - someone she should have been able to trust. Hes not in the state
any longer, but the criminal use is progressing slowly, so hes not in jail,
He still terrorizes her at night, even though he' s nowhere near. She wakes,
heart pounding. The nightmare [eels real again. She never [eels sam, even
with her parents just downstairs.
The mob in her driveway is there to help her [eel sam again.
They are members or the Arizona chapter or Bikers Against Child Abuse
International, and they wear their motto on their black leather vests and T-
shirts: "No child deserves to live in mar.“
What Rembrandt knows is that a bikers power and intimidating image can
even the playing Fold [ora little kid who has been hurt. If the man who hurt
this little girl calls or drives by, or even she is just scared, another
nightmare, the bikers will ride over and stand guard all night.
If she is a[ raid to go to school, they will take her and watch until shes [ ely
And she has to testify against her abuser in court, they will go, too, walking
with her to the witness stand and taking over the first row or seats. Pipes will
tell her, ‘Look at us, not him." And when shes done, they will circle her again
and walk her out.
Alter all the bikers introduce themselves, Pipes holds up a small vest
covered in patches, just like the bikers‘ but made or denim instead or leather.
on one patch is the girls new road name: Rhythm, [or a girl who dances and
The bikers are all volunteers, giving live, 10, 20 or more hours a week.
Theres no reimbursement [or gas or the time they take on work.
The bikers must be tough, not only to protect the kids but to be able to
stomach knowing what their young charges may have been through. An B-
yearsold beaten by Mom; a molested by his mothers boyfriend. A
girl, 10, raped. They are trained by a licensed processional
a[[ aliased with the chapter. Each biker must be [interpretted and undergo a
thorough check, the same one required [or state child-
wel[ are workers and lawmen[ ordiment officers, be[ ore they can join the
They are bikers, not Boy Scouts, so the background check turns up an
arrest or a stint behind bars, they can still be in the group. The crime just
can' t involve children, domestic violence or something comparable. They
visit children only with permission and only in pairs, so no one is ever alone
with a child.
The bikers arent looking [or trouble. They are there so the kids dont [eel so
alone, or so powerless. Pipes recalls going to court with an boy,
and how tiny he looked on the witness stand, his bet dangling a but on the
Its scary enough [or an adult to go to court," he says. 'We' re not going to let
one or our little wounded kids go alone.‘
In court that day, prejudge asked the boy, "Are you afraid?‘ No, the boy
Pipes says the judge seemed surprised, and asked, ‘Why not?"
The boy glanced at Pipes and the other bikers sitting in the wont row, two
more standing on each side or the courtroom door, and told the judge,
Because my friends are scarier than he is."