What’s Current: Lee Kaplan charged with sexual assault after 12 girls found in his home

Lee Kaplan

Lee Kaplan, 51, has been charged with statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and unlawful contact with a minor after 12 girls were found in his home. The parents of the oldest girl, now 18, have been arrested, as it was discovered the couple had “gifted” their daughter (who gave birth to her first child at 14-years-old, fathered by Kaplan) to the man after he helped them out financially.

In Touch spoke to member’s of Stanford’s women’s swim team about convicted rapist, Brock Turner. One member of the team said:

“Brock’s arrest wasn’t surprising to anyone on the team. From the beginning, the women swimmers had found him to be very, very odd. Brock would make comments to the women such as ‘I can see your t–s in that swimsuit.'”

The women wanted to come forward and had discussed writing letters to the judge, but were pressured by Stanford officials not to.

Rupert Everett warns against using medicalized “sex change proceedures” on children:

“It’s nice to be allowed to express yourself, but the hormone thing, very young, is a big step. I think a lot of children have an ambivalence when they’re very young to what sex they are or what they feel about everyone. And there should be a way of embracing it.”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn ordered to pay 10,000 euros to anti-prostitution charity, Mouvement du Nid.

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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