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Bikers ride in Jacksonville to fight against child abuse

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JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - Bikers came together to ride against child abuse Saturday. This is the eight year, the Jacksonville Police Association put on the event to benefit the Crisis Center which serves Cherokee and Anderson County victims of abuse.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains how rough and tough riders helped victims of abuse.

Loud bikes and leather clad motorcyclist spent their day riding to fight against child abuse. 

"I'm a survivor of child abuse," said Lisa Lee Martin.

She said the good thing about the ride is it's bringing awareness to a topic that she's said is often overlooked.

"I felt like I was right in the open and no one could see me," Martin said.

The event was put on by the Jacksonville Police Association. They work closely with the crisis center.

"I knew the biker community would pull together and help us in this cause," said Daniel Franklin the president of the Jacksonville Police Association.

"Bikers in general, a lot of people have this stereotype that bikers are mean they're gangsters which isn't true...bikers as a whole are some of the most  generous," said Franklin.

The Crisis center is a non-profit group that operates solely on grants and donations.

This year over one hundred bikers and participants came out for the ride against child abuse. Each year organizers say thousands of dollars are  raised to go toward victims of abuse.

The Children's Advocacy Center of Texas reports that each year over 65,000 reports of child abuse are made. Of those cases 73 percent were sexual abuse cases, with nearly 100 percent knowing their abuser.

Martin said, events like this could be just what someone needs to finally take notice.

"Abuse isn't always hidden sometimes it's right in front of you, so people should open their eyes and pay attention.

Although the ride focused on child abuse, the Crisis Center helps both women and children. Organizers hope the ride will raise anywhere between $4,000 to $7,000. 

 

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