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‘We’re no longer going to be silent’: Survivors of late U-M doctor’s abuse to attend regents meeting to demand answers

Meeting to be held Sept. 23

More than 800 former University of Michigan athletes have come forward accusing Dr. Robert Anderson of sexually abusing them during exams.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 800 former University of Michigan athletes have come forward accusing Dr. Robert Anderson of sexually abusing them during exams.

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.

A University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting will be held in person on Thursday (Sept. 23). It’s an opportunity for survivors of Anderson’s abuse to speak out.

Vaughn traveled to Michigan from Texas to attend the meeting.

“We feel dehumanized, we feel disrespected,” Vaughn said. “One of our goals tomorrow is sit down across from the Acker and other regents and I’m going to introduce them to Jon Vaughn, not John Doe.”

Read: Survivor of former U-M doctor’s abuse wants university to take accountability

Since coming to terms with the abuse, Vaughn has been speaking with other former athletes. He said the longer the process goes on, the more painful it is for the survivors.

“There are a thousand plus victims that need closure. Guys are dying. Guys are falling back into alcoholism. I’ve heard from so many guys facing so many ills because of this,” Vaughn said. “From 88 through 1990 you could call my name on the field, but you won’t say my name in this case. And I think that’s where we stand. United in solidarity in this case as victims and survivors -- that we’re no longer going to be silent.”

Vaughn also thinks some of the unexpected people will show up on Thursday to give their gathering ahead of the regents’ meeting a lot of energy.

Read: Former Michigan athlete explains why he’s speaking out about abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson


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Jason anchors Local 4's 5:30 p.m. newscast. He joined WDIV in January 2015 as a general assignment reporter and has a Journalism degree from Michigan State University.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.