Jon Vaughn is a former star running back for Michigan football and last played in 1990. He is one of the athletes who said Anderson sexually abused them.
Two weeks after his 50th birthday a friend emailed Vaughn about the allegations against Anderson. Vaughn said the email opened his eyes on his own life and everything changed in March of 2020.
“It’s not like this is easy for me to talk about this. But I feel it’s necessary,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn said it has taken him more than a year of intense therapy to understand what Anderson did to him. He said Anderson performed 45 to 50 unnecessary genital and rectal exams on him.
He said many others who experienced the same abuse are still struggling with the long-term effects.
Originally, Vaughn was John Doe 32 in the lawsuit. He dropped his anonymity because of a conversation with his late mother he had 29 years ago about her role fighting in the civil rights movement.
“She concluded by saying, ‘This was my moment to stand for something that was bigger than me.’ And she said, ‘One day you’re going to be faced with something that’s bigger than you and I want you to stand,’” he said. “I’m not John Doe. I’m Jon Vaughn.”
Vaughn is meeting with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday (Aug. 5) to further discuss the abuse.