I can not even imagine the depth of the pain that Patty Wetterling has experienced, not would I ever want to. As a mother of two daughters,I can relate to the anxiety that a parent can feel when worried about protecting their children. Sadly, I can also relate the devastating effects of being on the sex offender registry. I am the wife of a sex offender. I have been with my husband for 18 years now, of which the last two and a half, he has been on the registry. We have a 5-year old and 3-year old. My husband is not a dangerous person. He used to have a drinking problem,and he was accused of touching his daughter form a a previous relationship while he was drunk. We don't know exactly what happened since he has no memory of it, but I do know that my husband would never have done anything like this in his right mind. Since then, he has quit drinking altogether. However, he will never be allowed to be around children again. The judge did give him permission to be around our children, but they can't ever have any friends over.If I invite other children to their birthday parties,then their father can not be there. We are not really allowed to do anything together as a family because he is not allowed to go anywhere for children. He has a hard time keeping a job,which has hurt the whole family.Our children are too young to understand right now, but I know that one day I will have to explain it to them. I know that my husband is no saint, but to brand him for life seems a bit harsh, especially when he has an innocent family who is having to endure the shame and punishment day in and day out as well. It is so nice to know that there is someone out there that does not look at all of us monsters and scum of the earth. God bless you, Patty Wetterling, and may he continue to comfort you.