University of Michigan Grapples with Claims of Doctor’s Sexual Abuse

(Excerpt from Campus Safety News Article)

    • UM officials believe that Dr. Robert Anderson, who worked at the school from the mid-1960s through 2003, sexually assaulted athletes during routine physicals and injury exams.
    • The alleged assaults came to light in 2018 when a former UM wrestler sent a letter to the school’s athletic director detailing what happened to him. The scale of the abuse appears to be similar to that of the scandal involving former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar.
    • In April, UM reached out to about 6,800 former student athletes to ask if they had been victims of Anderson or have information that would be useful for the investigation being handled by the WilmerHale law firm. Previously the school sent letters to more than 300,000 former students seeking information for the investigation.
    • Some campus officials knew about the abuse.
    • Kalahar (a former assaulted student) who is now a clinical psychologist, believes the doctor was a “serial sexual predator with a network of cohorts who knowingly engaged in a cover-up spanning decades.” Anderson died in 2008.
    • UM has indicated it would be willing to compensate Anderson’s victims, but it is also looking to have lawsuits related to the scandal dismissed because the assaults happened many years ago.