Dozens join the protest outside the Ann Arbor home of the University of Michigan President
ANN ARBOR, me. – Jon Vaughn, who was a standout Wolverine football in the late 1980s, has been camping in a tent outside the home of the University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel since last Friday.
Dozens came out Wednesday night to support him, including other former athletes who said that former university doctor Dr. Robert Anderson having been sexually assaulted.
Anderson died in 2008.
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Currently, the university has placed mediation in court with former students like Vaughn who said they had suffered from Anderson’s so-called exams. The university’s lawyers have advised the President and the Council of Regency to restrict what they can say about the dispute. Their response and legal action are not well received by Anderson’s survivors.
“I’m not going to be a John Doe, I’m Jon Vaughn,” he told the crowd with all his heart.
Wolverine soccer player Chuck Christian drove 15 hours from Massachusetts so Vaughn would not be alone.
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“Hail the victims,” Christian called out to the crowd.
Tad DeLuca, who warned the university about Anderson in 1975 and had his athletic scholarship revoked, took inspiration from the Nassar survivors and wrote to the university again in 2018.
“All I can say is that they knew,” said DeLuca. “They knew it and they covered it up for decades, no more.”
Following Wednesday night’s protest, the university sent a statement:
“We hear all of the survivors of the late Dr. Robert Anderson and thank them for their courage in getting in touch.
“We appreciate all of the ways survivors have shared their very personal stories, including during today’s protest, during meetings of the Board of Regents, through media coverage, and with WilmerHale investigators.
“At the University of Michigan, we work every day to make our campus safer for all members of our community.
“We are also working on fair compensation for the Anderson survivors through the confidential, court-supervised mediation process that continues. Out of respect for this process, we can no longer share anything. “
University of Michigan
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