The University of Michigan Board of Regents shared with the public a report on an investigation into sexual assaults perpetrated by the late Dr. Robert Anderson, a former doctor at the school. According to the report, the report detailed how University of Michigan (U-M) administrators knew about Anderson’s assaults on athletes and students as far back as the 1970s but did nothing to stop him.
Among those who were told of Anderson’s misconduct was U-M football coach Bo Schembechler, the report revealed. In fact, several football players told Schembechler of Anderson’s behavior, only for their complaints to be dismissed. Still, several U-M employees stand by their claims that Schembechler did not know Anderson was guilty of sexual misconduct.
Other high-ranking U-M administrators were also informed of Anderson’s sexual misconduct, however. College wrestling coach Bill Johannesen and Assistant Vice President of Student Services Thomas Easthope were a couple of such administrators named in the report.
This is the second major sexual assault scandal to hit U-M in the past couple of years, as the Detroit Free Press highlighted. The former second-highest U-M administrator, Martin Philbert, was found to have had sexually harassed female employees, as well as sexual relationships with employees.
The fact of the matter is, Anderson had a reputation for giving “unnecessary rectal and testicular exams to students,” according to reports, so much so that U-M athletes referred to him as "Dr. Drop Your Drawers" and "Dr. Glove." Something should have been done to stop his misconduct; instead, he was transferred to a different department, where he still saw patients, within the university.
Additional allegations against Anderson claim that in exchange for sexual favors, he would pen letters establishing men as gay to Vietnam-era draft boards to defer the draft.
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