How the justice system deals with sexual abuse

Attorney & Legal Analyst Robin Sax shares advice for parents on the differences between the criminal justice system and protecting your child after sexual abuse
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How the justice system deals with sexual abuse

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When I educate parents, there’s a difference between the criminal justice system and protecting your kids. What I need to prove in court is different than what parents need to protect their kids. And so one instance where the defendant is saying it was an isolated situation – that may play well in a courtroom and that may be a defense in a courtroom. But from a parenting perspective, I don’t think any parent cares if their kid was only touched one time or a 100 times. One time is just too much. So for the purposes of parenting, all sexual assault is the same.

Attorney & Legal Analyst Robin Sax shares advice for parents on the differences between the criminal justice system and protecting your child after sexual abuse

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Robin Sax

Attorney & Legal Analyst

Robin is a legal analyst for Fox11 Los Angeles (KTTV). She appears there daily offering legal insight and analysis as well as parenting and safety expertise.  She also regularly contributes her legal and parenting expertise to The TODAY Show, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, CNN, and HLN. She covers both the unknown and known high profile cases including Conrad Murray, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Casey Anthony, Jaycee Dugard, OJ Simpson and many more.

Robin is also a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney and Riverside County Deputy District Attorney who specialized in sex crimes against children. For over 15 years she prosecuted some of the most despicable defendants who committed the most heinous crimes, prosecuting hundreds of felony crimes including homicides, stalking, domestic violence, child sexual assault, and gang crimes. 

She is an author who has penned six books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Criminal Justice System and Predators and Child Molesters:  A Sex Crimes DA Answers 100 of the Most Asked Questions all of which draw on her vast experience as a prosecutor and victim right's advocate. Her powerful insights have regularly graced the pages of The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, People Magazine, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Los Angeles Times and the Women in Crime Ink blog.

In addition to advising numerous legal foundations, Robin regularly shares her valuable insight and expertise through speaking and teaching with members of the FBI, Los Angeles Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, and the California District Attorney’s Association. Robin has served as adjunct professor of Women and Crime at Cal State Los Angeles and lecturer on criminal law and the justice system in UCLA’s Paralegal Training Program.

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