ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – Former athletes asked the University of Michigan’s board of directors on Wednesday to begin a full investigation into sexual abuse by a deceased doctor and how the school was unable to stop him during his decades on campus.
They stood near the school’s historic football stadium and said a report in May in which numerous complaints about Robert Anderson and the failure of the university’s actions were not enough.
“So Board of Regents, so the University of Michigan – say my name,” said Jon Vaughn, a 1988-91 feedback that was repeatedly assaulted. “Because the time is now for everyone who has been abused here to speak for justice. We speak because every victim matters. I’m not John Doe. I’m Jon Vaughn.”
The news conference was held a day before rulers in Michigan arranged a public meeting by videoconference. No action items that Anderson was involved in were listed on the agenda.
Attorney General Dana Nessel said she would only investigate if the school is willing and cooperative. She ended an investigation into Michigan State University and its disgraceful doctor Larry Nassar because the university refused to release certain documents.
In response to the news conference, the university reiterated a statement that it is in private mediation with victims over financial settlements. It also said an investigation team from the WilmerHale law firm, which compiled the recent report, had ‘full access to all available information’.
The university recently reported in the news media that Anderson left in 2004 and died in 2008.
“Trying to hide in the course of time does not work. … The university does not want transparency about Anderson and his associates whether they are alive or dead,” said Tad DeLuca, a wrestler in the 1970s.
DeLuca and hundreds of men said they were abused by Anderson during regular exercises or exams while working in campus clinics and in the athletics department.
Anderson has also been certified by the federal government to provide physical information to pilots and air traffic controllers in southeastern Michigan, some of whom consider themselves victims.
The allegations against Anderson have been public for more than a year. But the scandal flared up again with the release of the WilmerHale report, which includes allegations that legendary coach Bo Schembechler and athletic director Don Canham could get rid of Anderson.
Schembechler’s son, Matt, told reporters last week that he was also molested by Anderson as a child, but that his father did nothing. Other family members, however, maintain that the coach was not aware of what Anderson was doing.
Richard Goldman, who was a broadcaster in the early 1980s, said on Wednesday he was molested after Schembechler referred him to Anderson for a headache. He said he told Schembechler and Canham what happened, but blamed the late athletic director for not taking action.
“Whatever one thinks of Bo Schembechler does not matter,” Goldman said. He feels Schembechler treats him like a boy. ‘The employee is going to the employer. The employer was Don Canham. He did nothing. ‘