Thanks to the #MeToo movement that swept the country in 2017, sex abuse victims have been more empowered than ever to pursue legal action and hold their abusers accountable, as many states have widened or changed the statute of limitations in civil sex abuse cases. Now Michigan is facing yet another wave of the #MeToo movement, as the University of Michigan (UM) has opened an investigation into a former UM physician following multiple sex abuse allegations.
When you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse and assault – especially at the hands of a trusted school physician or medical provider – it can take decades to recover from the pain and trauma you’ve experienced. If you or a loved one have been abused or assaulted by the now-deceased Anderson, you may have a sexual abuse claim against the University of Michigan for fostering a culture of silence.
At Grewal Law PLLC, our nationally-recognized sexual abuse and assault lawyers are committed to stopping the scourge of institutional sex abuse. In representing a third of the plaintiffs involved in the recent Larry Nassar sex abuse lawsuits, we’ve successfully secured millions of dollars for victims of sex abuse – and we can fight for justice on your behalf, too.
If you believe you have a claim against the University of Michigan, contact Grewal Law PLLC today at (888) 211-5798 or message us online to schedule a free consultation. We’re available 24/7 to answer your questions.
Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Robert E. Anderson
As of February 2020, multiple former patients have come forward claiming that Robert E. Anderson sexually abused them, with most alleged instances of abuse happening between 1970 and 1990. For over 50 years, the University of Michigan entrusted Anderson with medical care for UM college athletes, as well as other students at the UM Student Health Service center.
According to reports, the University of Michigan was first alerted to the alleged abuse in July 2018, when UM alumnus Robert Stone sent an essay to school officials that detailed his account of sexual assault. Now retired and living in Palm Springs, Robert Stone claimed that in June 1971, Anderson grabbed Stone’s hand during a medical exam and forced him to touch his genitals. After reading Stone’s essay, UM officials claim that they promptly opened an investigation.
So far, multiple alleged victims have told UM officials that Robert Anderson harmed them in the following ways:
- Sexual assault and rape
- Unnecessary medical exams
- Sexual misconduct
Did the University of Michigan Know About the Abuse?
Although University of Michigan officials claim that they were unaware of Anderson’s alleged actions, Robert Stone stated that the school actually knew about the abuse for many years. According to Stone, a UM detective told him that Anderson was moved from his post as head of the UM Student Health Service due to repeated sex abuse complaints. Shortly after leaving the Student Health Service, the UM made him the official sports team physician instead, potentially putting hundreds of students at risk.
Additionally, a woman filed a lawsuit against Anderson in 1995, alleging that he groped her breasts and engaged in sexual misconduct during a medical exam for her employer. While the case was ultimately dismissed, it is unlikely that the UM would not have known about the lawsuit.
Seeking Justice for Sex Abuse Survivors
There is little that can compensate for the horrors of sexual abuse. However, if you or a family member were abused or assaulted by Robert E. Anderson, or if you have information about his alleged abuse of patients (including student-athletes), please call Grewal Law PLLC for a free case review.
Our nationally-recognized, award-winning attorneys can treat your case with the compassion that it deserves, and we have vast experience helping abuse victims file lawsuits against college campuses and other institutions. Most recently, our firm negotiated the half a billion-dollar settlement that MSU paid to survivors of gym coach Larry Nassar’s abuse, and we are currently fighting to hold USAG accountable for its role. Available 24/7 to answer questions, our Michigan legal team is ready to fight for you.
Call (888) 211-5798 right away to start exploring your legal options with a qualified lawyer.