Extreme Jerks

I’ve used this website to joke about jerkiness. I’ve always thought of this site as covering a range of jerks: from loveable jerks to the mid-range of jerky men with no manners, no honesty and no sensitivity. However, we’ve seldom touched on the extreme jerks … the abusers of women and (sometimes) children. According to the 2012 Truth About Abuse Survey Report, published by Mary Kay Inc., business is up at domestic violence shelters. If you think of yourself as abused, you don’t need to hang around. Get help, get out. Please.

From the last page of the report: If you know someone who is being abused or if you are being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline to learn about local resources. The hotline is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It is anonymous and confidential. 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 or thehotline.org. Note that there is always a computer record of activity and an abuser may know how to access it without a survivor knowing. Learn more technology safety tips at nnedv.org/internetsafety.html.