Still, there's something really sad about realizing that, in some parts of the country, my family, small as it may be, is legally NOT ALLOWED to go to the beach. The man I love more than anything in the world will be ARRESTED and put in JAIL for walking onto a pier. And there are people out there who truly, honestly believe that it will somehow protect children. Thinking this way is not something I do often nor is it something I recommend, but unfortunately it is an inescapable consequence of the political climate we live in today.
Today I don't have any pandering politician to shame, or a blatant myth to correct, or a county sheriff to berate. Today, I just want to acknowledge the sadness and the loss that is experienced by every last loved one of a registered sex offender in this country. There's no getting around it and there's no immediate solution. Some days are overwhelmingly more difficult than others, and some are so bad you might rather not wake up. They will pass. But lay silent and scared forever, and we risk allowing the walls to close in completely. It is for that reason that we must find the balance between being able to function on a daily basis and standing up for our family's right to exist.
Don't let the fear overcome you. OWN it!