An Interview with Patty Wetterling

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Patricia Wetterling, with her husband Jerry, went through the tragic and devastating experience of having their 11-year-old son Jacob abducted near their home in Minnesota in 1989. With their son still missing, Ms. Wetterling has spent the past 25 years of her life working toward ending sexual violence. This chapter represents Patty Wetterling in her own words. In a question-and-answer interview, Ms. Wetterling discusses why these laws are enacted despite their focus on the lower-frequency stranger assault; the interface between distraught victims and policy makers; her and her family's experiences in the trauma and recovery from Jacob's disappearance, and her current work in sexual assault prevention.

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Wright, R.G. (2015). An Interview with Patty Wetterling. In R.G. Wright (Ed.), Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions, 2nd ed. (pp. 69-79). New York: Springer Publishing.

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