Can one child sexually abuse another child?

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Can one child sexually abuse another child?

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As heartbreaking as it is, and as difficult as it is for us to wrap our heads around the fact that a kid can be a perpetrator, kids can be perpetrators too. Kids can sexually assault other kids. They may be a victim of another person, but if they are hurting someone else, they are also a perpetrator. They also need to be reported on. They also need to come to the attention of law enforcement. You as a parent can't deal with what the punishment should be for that kid. All you can do to keep your kid safe is to get that perpetrator away from your kid and dealt with in a system that can deal with them. Parents need to be aware of anybody and everybody that makes them feel uncomfortable. So if there is a 16-year-old kid that lives at a house where your kid is having a sleepover with their 10-year-old, for example, and that person makes you nervous, then whether that person is a kid or an adult, you must utilize your same parenting techniques and not allow your kid to stay there if you're concerned.

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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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