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Ceremony Raises Child Abuse & Sexual Assault Awareness

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Local motorcycle clubs and area leaders gathered on the steps of the Erie County Courthouse, for a ceremony that brings Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness month comes to an end.

For Betsy Zaczyk, it's an issue that's personal.  After 25 years, she's now sharing her story of abuse.

"There are a lot of adults like me that have kept it quiet and it's time for us to stand up and help the younger generation know that it's not right," said Zaczyk.  "It's time to stand up and say we're not victims anymore.  We're survivors of this."

With the support of her husband Chad, Betsy refused to let what happened control her life.  In 2009, the two started the local chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, or B.A.C.A.  Over the years, the group has teamed up with local agencies to help raise child abuse awareness and to let victims know there is help.

"That's why B.A.C.A of Erie County is here," said Betsy Zaczyk.  "It's to get people to speak out, it's to encourage the community to do better, and to not allow these children to fall to the wayside."

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