Best way to recognize a sex offender

Robin Sax, Attorney & Legal Analyst, shares advice for parents on how there is no such thing as a sexual offender profile and why its important to teach your child what to do if confronted by a sexual offender
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Best way to recognize a sex offender

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There is no such thing as a sex offender profile. They have brown hair, they have blue hair, they have black hair, they have green hair, they have blonde hair, whatever color. They have any color eyes. They come from any professions. They can be lawyers, they can be doctors, they can be priests, they can be rabbis. There is no look. The number one piece of advice that I can give parents is to take in the characteristics of people you meet and listen and trust your instincts. So often we all ignore our instincts. How many times have you gone into an elevator with someone that made you feel uncomfortable but you were so worried about offending them that you got into the elevator anyway? You, protecting yourselves, shouldn't do that and shouldn't put your kids in the situation to do the same. If you get that inner feeling that something's amiss, something is. If you have that inner uh-oh feeling, is what I tell kids, then they should listen to that. We get more information from what we learn in a meeting with people than we'll ever get in any background or any profile that is out there.

Robin Sax, Attorney & Legal Analyst, shares advice for parents on how there is no such thing as a sexual offender profile and why its important to teach your child what to do if confronted by a sexual offender

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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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