His road name is Nobody.
That’s what he likes to go by.
“It’s all about the kids,” he said. “This is not about me. I am nobody.”
As president of Bikers Against Child Abuse of Nevada, his role is to be a support system for children who have experienced abuse.
But on any given day when he is transporting children on his motorcycle, showing up to their court appearances or just lending a listening ear, Nobody — who won’t reveal his real name to protect his anonymity — proves to be somebody important.
“I remember being in a court with a 5-year-old girl,” he said. “She had to testify against her father, who was the perpetrator in this case. Her mother couldn’t be in the room because they were afraid she would influence her daughter’s testimony.”
With no other family, the girl would have been alone, if it weren’t for members of Bikers Against Child Abuse of Nevada, who showed up to support her.
“We had a member (of BACA) sit at the front so the little girl could see her and be comforted,” Nobody said. “That’s why we do this, so they don’t have to go at it alone.”
“I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse,” John Paul “Chief” Lilly, the founding member of the organization, wrote in his biker’s creed. “The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.”
The organization is an international group of bikers who aim to create a safer environment for abused children. The Las Vegas chapter started about six years ago.
“We have about 17 members,” Nobody said. “We have an additional 15 supporters.”
The bikers rally around children, giving them physical and emotional support during hard times.
Through word of mouth, it’s usually family members who hear about the organization and refer children to the organization.
From there, it schedules a Level 1 intervention, which is the first time the team meets with a child.
In the first interaction, bikers introduce themselves to the child, presenting him with stickers, a T-shirt and a teddy bear that has a shirt bearing the signatures of everyone in the chapter.
“We all hug the teddy bear before we give it over so it’s filled with love,” Nobody said.
The team also takes a group photo with the child. That’s “in case she gets scared or feels she is alone,” he added. “She can look at the photo and know we are there.”
Throughout the various meetings, children might bond with certain bikers, who will be the ones sitting in court with them if the child requires an appearance.
“We all try to go (to court),” Nobody said. “We might not be able to get in, but we at least try to show up.”
There are three more interventions: Level 2, where the group makes itself more visible during vulnerable times; Level 3, where the group sends a letter to the abuser’s home if he continues to intimidate the child; and Level 4, where the team will do a “neighborhood awareness ride,” going door to door in the general area of where the perpetrator might live, letting the neighborhood know about the organization. The bikers do not engage the abuser and do not allow physical violence as a response.
When joining the organization, each member chooses a road name to be identified by — the children are also given code names.
“It protects the kid’s identity as well as ours,” said Ogre, who has been in the organization about two years. “You don’t want the perpetrator going after the kid or us.”
Nobody added that other than a few members, no one knows the real names of the children they help.
Instead, they are assigned names such as Cupcake, Rockstar and Bubbles.
Throughout the years, they have been able to help countless children and see their lives improve.
Ogre said watching the children grow over time is inspiring.
“They start off shy and scared,” he said. “You see them grow. Over a period of time, it’s that progression that makes you feel good.”
Cupcake, one of the recent cases, started out not wanting to testify against her abuser.
The team celebrated as she grew more confident in the courtroom.
“It is night and day from where she started,” Nobody said. “She knows she is not alone.”
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Contact Henderson/Anthem View reporter Michael Lyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-387-5201.