The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, in partnership with the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN), is gearing up for a special event to promote victims' rights in the state.
On March 30th, SCDJJ is hosting the inaugural Bikers Against Violence Charity Rideto honor crime victims, as well as raise awareness for victims' needs and the resources available to them. The ride takes place a week before National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which will be observed the week of April 7th.
Last year, SCDJJ established "Bikers Against Violence (BAV)," a coalition of motorcycle riders comprised of members of law enforcement from across the state, with the goal of creating an innovative way to promote victims' rights. From that effort came the idea of a charity motorcycle ride to support SCVAN in their mission to be a voice for all crime victims and those who serve them.
“The SC Victim Assistance Network is thrilled to partner with the Department of Juvenile Justice in the inaugural 'Bikers Against Violence' charity event," says SCVAN Executive Director Laura Hudson. "All proceeds will go to honor and empower crime victims in their journey toward the goal of healing and promoting a violence-free community.”
"Here at DJJ, we understand that an important part of serving youth offenders is also supporting and serving those who've been wronged," explains DJJ Director Freddie B. Pough. "Our young people need to understand the impact their actions have on others and work to repair the damage done in their home communities. As a motorcycle enthusiast, I'm thrilled to turn a personal passion into a platform for lifting up crime victims and demonstrating what it means to love and serve those who are hurting. I'm grateful to Executive Director Hudson and SCVAN for helping us make this happen."
The ride will start at Harley Haven (941 Western Lane, Irmo) and end at SCDJJ's Broad River Road Complex in Columbia. Route details will be provided on the day of the ride at Registration and are dependent upon weather.
Participants can register HERE or on the day of the ride from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Harley Haven. Kickstands up at 11 a.m.