Virginity and sexual abuse

Attorney & Legal Analyst Robin Sax discusses whether a child who is sexually abused is still a virgin
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Virginity and sexual abuse

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I believe that any person who has been sexually abused cannot count that into some sort of consensual sexual activity. Therefore, in my book, any kid who has been abused is still a virgin if they call themselves a virgin. When I worked in the DA's office, we would give them certificates of virginity, just so they know that sex is an act that requires their positive cooperation. That's what consent is. You don't lose your virginity unless you decide you want to lose your virginity. Someone taking control over you, someone utilizing their power over you, whether you feel like you did it or not, does not render someone losing their virginity. Therefore, in my eyes, they are still a virgin.

Attorney & Legal Analyst Robin Sax discusses whether a child who is sexually abused is still a virgin

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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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