Abuse survivors protest outside the home of the University of Michigan President
ANN ARBOR, me. – Survivors of the abuse – including former Michigan soccer star Jon Vaugh – protested outside the home of the President of the University of Michigan.
“In solidarity with my brothers and sisters, victims and survivors of sexual assault and rape, not just in Michigan but also in the state of Michigan, east Michigan,” said Vaughn.
“Hail the victims,” read Vaughn’s shirt. Vaughn is one of the many victims recent sexual abuse and assault allegations against Dr. Robert Anderson raised when they were students and athletes at UM.
The survivors took part in a sit-in in front of the university president’s house. They said they would not stop until they have a face-to-face meeting with President Mark Schlissel and the Board of Trustees.
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“We, as victims of Dr. Anderson, got tired. If not a little mad at the way the president and board of directors or regents of the university not only treated this issue but treated us as men and women, ”Vaughn said.
The university released its annual safety and fire safety report on Wednesday. It notes a huge increase in sex crimes. Over 2,000 abuse reports are alleged in this report, but no individual victims. Of the 1,212 rape allegations, 1,194 were directed against Anderson.
Now Vaughn and other sexual assault victims are telling their stories, including survivors of Larry Nassar.
“I understand how difficult it is to get justice, especially when there are big institutions like MSU and UM. These men deserve their voices to be heard, ”said Trinea Gonczar.
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