(Austin, TX, April 10th, 2013) There’s nothing that can break the silence of a Texas Hill Country day like the roaring sounds of a motorcycle. The Central Texas chapters of international non-profit, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) are working to break the silence that surrounds this growing epidemic.
In an effort to maximize public awareness during the month of April (child abuse awareness month), Austin area bikers are ganging up against child abuse by hosting the first ever BACA fest. The all-day music and crawfish festival will be held on Saturday April 20th at Tombstone Texas U.S.A in Georgetown. This all-ages event will feature live music, a moonwalk and raffle with proceeds benefitting the BACA Chapters in the Central Texas area.
According to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas, every ten seconds a child is victimized by abuse or neglect. During 2008, in the State of Texas, 70,589 children were confirmed to have been victimized by abuse.
Mark Gillespie, or “Magnum” as he’s known within the organization, says as a member of the Highland Lakes Chapter of BACA he believes in the mission to protect children and help take away their fear.
“As bikers we want to send a clear message that we are there for abused children and we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation and our physical presence.” Gillespie said.
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas website reports: 1 in 4 Girls is sexually abused before her 18th birthday and 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before his 18th birthday.
“Bacafest will help raise awareness of the importance to combat child abuse and child molestation. Bikers Against Child Abuse or ‘BACA’ exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. BACA exists as a body to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live.” Said Gillespie.
B.A.C.A.fest runs from noon until 8pm and more information about the festival and B.A.C.A can be found at TombstoneTexasUSA.com or contact Tombstone Texas USA at (512) 337-6648.