Florida law enforcement officials are saying that a 24-hour help line phone number on pamphlets that were handed out to domestic violence and sexual assault victims accidentally ended up leading to a sex hotline. As of now, nobody quite knows how this came about, but they're calling it a "clerical error."
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - The victims' rights pamphlet handed out by deputies offers an 800 number that connects callers to a recorded message that says, "Welcome to America's hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press 1 now. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you."
The video at the link shows a reporter holding up the pamphlet saying that "nobody bothered to check this number...to make sure it is correct." The sheriff's office apparently had printed that number on the flyer for years, but for some reason it was only just discovered.
Ordinarily my first impulse would be to poke fun at such a dumb mistake, but then I read the words "victims' rights" in the headline, watched the video, and read the details. It isn't funny to those who have been at the receiving end of abuse.
I've actually been one of those people, but that was a lifetime ago. When the wounds are more recent, it's hard to laugh, or even smile, at much of anything. My heart goes out to every one of them.