ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Dozens of former students and athletes from the University of Michigan held a press conference on Wednesday urging action from the University.
The group is made up of former football players and other students and athletes who claim they were sexually abused by Doctor Robert Anderson, and that the university itself failed to protect them. They say it’s time for the school to do more than just point fingers at Dr. Anderson.
“We are joined by dozen of survivors of sexual abuse by Robert Anderson,” said Parker Steinar, an attorney for the victims. “But these brave men and women are also victims of abuse by the University of Michigan. The university has failed to acknowledge its own failures but, rather, only pointed the finger at Anderson.”
Former Michigan Athletes Tad DeLuca and Jon Vaughn say they and other survivors will no longer remain silent, and want the University to take action.
“We are not only victims of Robert Anderson,” said Deluca, a former Michigan athlete. “More importantly, we are victims of an institution that failed us for more than four decades.”
“We will no longer be anonymous,” said Jon Vaughn, another former athlete and victim of Anderson. “We will no longer be faceless. We will no longer be silent. We will fight for those who feel they don’t have a voice. We will stand together in this fight. We will not retreat until justice is served.”