Since 1995, B.A.C.A. has been empowering victims of child abuse to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We have waged a war on the effects of abuse and have seen amazing results for almost two decades. We have seen the transformation within the children whom we humbly serve, we have seen them grow, we have seen them flourish. We have witnessed their strength and courage firsthand as our HEROES stood up against their abusers, told their stories and broke the chains of abuse. But to the outside world, these results are not as apparent.
Since the Founder of B.A.C.A. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Registered Play Therapist / Supervisor, and taught as Part-time faculty at Brigham Young University for seventeen years, the analytical aspects of the organization’s affects within the children that we serve are significant. Chief has been in practice for over twenty years, most of which has been spent in the treatment of abused children. Chief became keenly aware that while the system was able to offer much in the way of helping children to heal, there were gaps that needed to be filled.
The two major gaps were: providing for the safety of the children and, providing funding for their therapy. Even with the court involvement to protect children from further abuse with the issuance of protective orders and removing perpetrators from neighborhoods, the perpetrators had continued access and wound the children. It would be naive and misrepresentative to believe that law enforcement officials could protect these children from their perpetrators on a continual basis. Further, many children that are abused do not qualify for therapy funding because their cases did not meet the basic requirements of the rules of evidence, and the cases are closed. While it might be clinically evident that a child has been abused, that child might not qualify for therapy benefits because he/she was too frightened to provide enough evidence for the case to be pursued. Chief noted that safe children are more capable of telling the truth because the threats made by an abuser are offset by the presence of dedicated bikers that have now become part of the child’s world.
Now we are pleased to release strong preliminary evidence to share with the world factual results that demonstrates B.A.C.A. works. The results for the data analyses presented are encouraging and suggest what we have known all along, that BACA is having a positive effect on reducing fear in children.
Although these results are preliminary, we look forward to continuing this research in the hopes of furthering our efforts to EMPOWER victims of child abuse and hone our abilities to better serve them.
Summary of the Preliminary Research Results
- This research is important in measuring B.A.C.A.’s effects so that we can present the final results to the agencies and bureaus who work with the children that we also want to help, and so that we might partner in our common goal of promoting safety in children.
- In order for these agencies to take notice of the results, the research has to meet scientific standards and follow certain protocols.
- One of those standards is a calculation of how many subjects are needed in order for the results to be considered credible and is dependent on the design.
- The analyses presented were conducted on data collected from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, an assessment completed by parents/caregivers and used to identify behavioral problems and interpersonal strengths of children ages four to seventeen years old.
- In this research project the guardians were asked the same set of questions four times; 1) before the initial contact, 2) one or two weeks after the Level 1, 3) in six months, and 4) in one year. The design is called a repeated measure design because of the number of calculations required and therefore requires more subjects.
- The number of subjects for this design is 150; the calculations presented are preliminary because the analyses were of 35 sets of completed data, 27% of the total number needed (150) to complete the study.
- As of 11/1/14, the required number of referrals have been received and need follow up administration of questions for Time 3 and Time 4. The last administation of questions for Time 4 for all remaining referrals should be completed by 8/30/15.
- The preliminary results all show statistically significant reduction in emotional distress upon receiving B.A.C.A. intervention and that the distress continued to decrease over the time of intervention!