Oops - state website directs sexual assault victims to sex chat line

You always hurt the ones you love -- or at least the one's you are trying to help.Much to the embarrassment of the Florida Attorney General's office, an 8-year girl found herself talking to a sex chat line instead of a sexual assault counselor when she called the 800 number listed on the state's website, reports the Associated Press.

You always hurt the ones you love -- or at least the one's you are trying to help.

Much to the embarrassment of the Florida Attorney General's office, an 8-year girl found herself talking to a sex chat line instead of a sexual assault counselor when she called the 800 number listed on the state's website, reports the Associated Press.

The number had once belonged to the North Central Florida Sexual Assault Center, which is how it wound up on the AG's site. But a sex chat line bought the number and the site was never updated.

The eight year-old called the hotline after her mother encouraged her to talk about an incident that occurred several years ago. Karen Carter, the girl's mother, called the number in the phone book, hoping the counselors would give her daughter advice. She called the number and left her daughter to talk in private.

"I come back a few seconds later and she has this look on her face of surprise and then horror and then her eyes start tearing up," Carter said. "I never thought in my wild's dreams that she would get a sex line. I was trying to help my daughter."

Not surprisingly, the number was quickly taken off the Attorney General's site, and apologies sent to the mother and daughter.

"Again our sincerest apologies to the family that was affected," said Sandi Copes, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill McCollum.

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