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FEMALE VICTIMS DESCRIBE SEXUAL ASSAULT BY DR. ROBERT ANDERSON OVERLOOKED BY UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN OFFICIALS
June 8, 2021

ANN ARBOR – In the wake of the report detailing the decades of sexual abuse and rape at the hands of Dr. Robert Anderson, Spotlight Michigan is highlighting the hundreds of heinous accounts that University of Michigan officials turned a blind eye to. More than 850 victims have come forward with allegations of rape, sexual assault, and inappropriate behavior by a predator that continued to be promoted and protected by team leaders and university officials.

These are their stories.

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Former U-M player talks about sexual abuse he and others suffered from late Dr. Robert Anderson
June 2, 2021

A former University of Michigan football player posted a tell-all video detailing the sexual abuse from former school sports Dr. Robert Anderson.

Chuck Christian, who played for the Wolverines from 1977 to 1981, spoke about the years of abuse he says he endured.

“The University of Michigan aided and abetted one of the most deranged sexual predators of our time,” Christian said. “Five of my Michigan teammates and friends have died in the last year and a half. And they all had an incredible fear of doctors. I wonder if they still would be alive now if it had not been for Anderson.”

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VIDEO: FORMER MICHIGAN FOOTBALL PLAYER: "UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AIDED AND ABETTED ONE OF THE MOST DERANGED SEXUAL PREDATORS OF OUR TIME."
June 1, 2021

ANN ARBOR – In a searing and emotional 34-minute video, former University of Michigan standout football player Chuck Christian details his four years of sexual abuse and rape at the hands of team physician Dr. Robert Anderson. Christian was with the team from 1977-1981 and helped the Wolverines win three Big 10 Championships and go on to become Rose Bowl Champs.

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SPOTLIGHT MICHIGAN RELEASES NEW DIGITAL AD "BETRAYED" EXPOSING THE BIG LIE IN THE BIG HOUSE
May 26, 2021

ANN ARBOR – Today Spotlight Michigan announced the launch of a digital ad campaign, on multiple online platforms, calling on Michiganders to demand justice for the approximately 850 Wolverine athletes and students that were raped, sexually assaulted, and molested by longtime UM team physician, Dr. Robert Anderson. The ad directs viewers to an online petition to sign, calling on the University of Michigan Board of Regents to acknowledge the role UM officials played in the prolonged coverup and promotion of this predator and to hold UM officials accountable to prevent this type of abuse from ever happening again. The new ad was released on the heels of two new billboards that Spotlight Michigan recently put up in Ann Arbor. 

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SPOTLIGHT MICHIGAN LAUNCHES BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN TO HOLD THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR DECADES OF HEINOUS SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST ATHLETES & STUDENTS
May 19, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – Today SPOTLIGHT MICHIGAN announced it is launching a new campaign for Michiganders to directly call on University of Michigan Regents demanding they bring justice to the hundreds of U-M athletes and students who endured decades of sexual abuse at the hands of top university physician Dr. Robert E. Anderson. To further bring attention to the gross negligence by University officials that allowed more than 850 students and athletes to be raped, abused, and preyed upon by Dr. Anderson, Spotlight Michigan is placing two billboards (seen above) in Ann Arbor at Liberty & First Street and Maple St. & Dexter Rd.

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Group unveils billboards calling for justice for ex-UM doctor's sex abuse victims
May 19, 2021

Billboards calling for justice for the more than 800 men allegedly molested by a former University of Michigan doctor have gone up in Ann Arbor.

An advocacy group called Spotlight Michigan is behind the two billboards, located at Liberty and First Street and at Maple Street and Dexter Road.

The billboards come about a week after the release of a report commissioned by the university that said more than two dozen of its employees were alerted to complaints of sexually inappropriate behavior by Robert Anderson. The report, issued by the WilmerHale law firm, also said UM officials failed to heed the complaints, which could have stopped Anderson.

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Spotlight Michigan Launches Billboard Campaign Demanding Justice For Victims Of Dr. Robert Anderson
May 19, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – Today SPOTLIGHT MICHIGAN announced it is launching a new campaign for Michiganders to directly call on University of Michigan Regents demanding they bring justice to the hundreds of U-M athletes and students who endured decades of sexual abuse at the hands of top university physician Dr. Robert E. Anderson. To further bring attention to the gross negligence by University officials that allowed more than 850 students and athletes to be raped, abused, and preyed upon by Dr. Anderson, Spotlight Michigan is placing two billboards (seen above) in Ann Arbor at Liberty & First Street and Maple St. & Dexter Rd.

Spotlight Michigan continues to provide a voice to the community of victims, families, friends, and University of Michigan alumni that demand accountability from the University for its failure to protect its students. It is also imperative that protocols and procedures be updated and improved to ensure such systemic failures that allowed for both the abuse and the coverup never happen again.

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Advocacy group seeks justice for sexual assault victims at University of Michigan
May 13, 2021

Spotlight Michigan,  an advocacy and education group, is supporting and seeking justice for what they estimate is more than 850 victims of sexual assault under the University of Michigan’s former Health Service Director, Dr. Robert. E Anderson.

The group’s formation comes on the heels of a report released by the WilmerHale firm, which found that school’s failure to act on “countless occasions” allowed Anderson to harass, abuse and assault patients during his 37-year career.

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Did UMich's Bo Schembechler know about sexually abusive doctor?
May 13, 2021

A report about the stunning lack of action at the University of Michigan while a rogue doctor was sexually assaulting hundreds of young men has cast an unflattering light at one of the school’s giants, the late football coach Bo Schembechler, whose bronze statue stands on campus.

Schembechler, who led the team from 1969-89, was vividly told by at least four people that Robert Anderson had molested them during routine physicals or other exams, according to the report commissioned by the university. Yet, the report says, he took no direct steps and even told one man to “toughen up.”

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Report on campus doctor raises flags about iconic Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
May 13, 2021

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A report about the stunning lack of action at the University of Michigan while a rogue doctor was sexually assaulting hundreds of young men has cast an unflattering light at one of the school’s giants, the late football coach Bo Schembechler, whose bronze statue stands on campus.

Schembechler, who led the team from 1969 to 1989, was vividly told by at least four people that Robert Anderson had molested them during routine physicals or other exams, according to the report commissioned by the university. Yet, the report says, he took no direct steps and even told one man to “toughen up.”

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ADVOCACY GROUP SPOTLIGHT MICHIGAN LAUNCHES IN WAKE OF REPORT DETAILING DECADES OF HEINOUS SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST ATHLETES AND STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
May 12, 2021

ANN ARBOR – Today Spotlight Michigan announces the formation of an education and advocacy group to support and seek justice for the hundreds of victims subjected to decades of sexual abuse at the hands of top university physician Dr. Robert. E Anderson. The group will seek to hold University of Michigan officials accountable to prevent this type of abuse from ever happening again. The University of Michigan now sits atop the Big 10 when it comes to the sheer number of students and athletes subjected to sexual abuse and rape by a university official, a number believed to be upwards of 850 students and athletes victimized by a school official.

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Report: U-M could have stopped Anderson sexual assaults on athletes
May 11, 2021

University of Michigan administrators knew about Robert Anderson’s sexual assaults on athletes and students since the start of his tenure at the school in the 1970s, but did not act, causing decades of pain, a new report found.

“A senior University administrator was told about Dr. Anderson’s misconduct several times between 1978 or 1979 and 1981 but did not take appropriate action,” the law firm WilmerHale wrote in a lengthy investigative report commissioned by the university and released Tuesday. “Concerning information was also shared with other University personnel. Although the information these individuals received varied in directness and specificity, Dr. Anderson’s misconduct may have been detected earlier and brought to an end if they had considered, understood, investigated, or elevated what they heard.”

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University of Michigan officials could have stopped abuse by late athletic doctor, report finds
May 11, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI – Multiple University of Michigan employees knew of alleged sexual abuse by late University of Michigan doctor Robert Anderson early on and could have brought his abuse to an end, according to a report released Tuesday afternoon.

The 240-page report issued May 10 by WilmerHale, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, details more than 30 years of alleged abuse by Anderson and states university officials knew about it, including one senior UM administrator who was told about the misconduct several times in the late 1970s but did not take appropriate action.

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Report: UM officials did not heed 'credible reports' of abuse by Anderson
May 11, 2021

More than two dozen University of Michigan employees were alerted to reports of sexually inappropriate behavior by former university Dr. Robert Anderson, reports that could have stopped the doctor who is accused of molesting more than 800 men, according to ahighly anticipated report released Tuesday.

The 240-page report, commissioned and paid for by UM, concluded Anderson sexually abused patients, 90% of whom were men, on “countless occasions.”

Anderson is the former head of University Health Service, and later, team physician for the college’s Athletic Department. He worked for UM from 1966 to 2003. He died in 2008.

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Police sex assault investigation into University of Michigan Dr. Robert E. Anderson
February 22, 2020

The Detroit News first reported Wednesday that UM was investigating claims of sexual abuse by the late Robert E. Anderson, a former director of the University Health Service who also spent years as a top physician for football teams by former coaches Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr.

The university, The News reported, was alerted to the allegations against Anderson in July 2018.

Since then, at least seven people have come forward claiming Anderson sexually abused them throughout the years.

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UM official 'fired' doctor accused of sex abuse, but he stayed on another 24 years
February 21, 2020

Dr. Robert E. Anderson treated students at the University of Michigan for 24 years after being forced out of student health services for “fooling around with male students” in exam rooms, according to a police investigation.

The administrator who ousted Anderson as director of the University Health Service in 1979 was stunned to learn from police that Anderson continued as a doctor in athletics and other capacities, according to a police interviews with Thomas Easthope, then UM associate director of students. Anderson went on to be the top physician for the University of Michigan football team until his retirement in 2003.

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How UM failed for decades to heed warnings about doctor's alleged sex abuse
October 21, 2020

The University of Michigan’s legendary football coach Bo Schembechler once famously told the Wolverines that “no man is more important than the team.”

The speech has become part of UM’s lore, played during football games and is embraced by some as a philosophy that transcends sports.

But former UM football player Jon Vaughn believes there was one man who was more important than UM’s teams

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Pilots allege abuse by late University of Michigan doctor who performed more than 4,000 physicals for FAA
February 6, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI — Late University of Michigan doctor Robert Anderson is accused of sexually abusing hundreds of UM students and student-athletes during medical examinations, and now some pilots are saying they were also abused by Anderson, according to The Associated Press.

Anderson was designated by the Federal Aviation Administration as a medical examiner in the southeast Michigan region for 40 years, visited frequently by pilots, air traffic controllers and others who were required to have regular health exams to keep their licenses.

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Late University of Michigan doctor kept working more than a year after allegedly resigning, report shows
March 4, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI – The late athletic doctor accused of sexually abusing hundreds of former University of Michigan students continued practicing medicine at the university more than a year after allegedly resigning his position as director of University Health Services, according to a police report from UM’s Division of Public Safety and Security.

That contradicts what one former UM official told investigators during a 2018 investigation into Anderson, and exposed many more students to his alleged abuse in cases that have since been brought to light in numerous lawsuits. Anderson did retire in 2003 and died in 2008.

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Robert Anderson's survivors are seeking justice from the university that ignored them for decades
August 25, 2020

Since February, when the Detroit News broke the story of the first man to speak out about how Dr. Anderson abused him, hundreds have come forward. Their stories span more than three decades, beginning in the 1960s. Some women, too, are among his accusers, including a member of the first women’s varsity tennis team. Anderson’s reputation was so well known, he had a nickname: “Dr. Drop-Your-Drawers.” Coaches and other university officials knew, some said, and not only did they not intervene—they joked about it.

It’s not just students, either. Community members are among the John and Jane Does in legal filings. There are pilots who were directed to Anderson’s door by the Federal Aviation Administration for mandated check-ups. Others saw him for life insurance physicals. And still others sought out Anderson in the Vietnam era because he was known for delivering evaluations that kept men out of a bloody war.

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Former University of Michigan gymnast says doctor assaulted him in 1969
June 12, 2020

A former gymnast at the University of Michigan said he tried to talk to his coach about being assaulted by a campus doctor during a routine physical in 1969 but was brushed off with a sneering smile that signaled “we’re changing the subject.”

Ward Black, a member of the 1970 national championship team, spoke exclusively to The Associated Press about being molested by Robert Anderson. He’s the latest to reveal that university coaches decades ago apparently were aware of allegations about the doctor but didn’t take the complaints higher.

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