U. of Michigan Strikes $490 Million Deal With Sports Doctor’s Victims

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The University of Michigan has reached a nearly $500 million settlement with victims who claim they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Robert Anderson. 

WARNING: This story contains discussions of sexual abuse. 

The University of Michigan has struck a $490 million settlement with 1,050 individuals who claim sports doctor Robert Anderson sexually assaulted them over his almost four-decade tenure, The Associated Press reported

According to the university, $460 million will be accessible immediately, with $30 million set aside for prospective victims who wish to participate in the settlement before July 31, 2023. 

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“It has been a long and challenging journey, and I believe this settlement will provide justice and healing for the many brave men and women who refused to be silenced,” said attorney Parker Stinar, per AP. He represents about 200 of the victims.

University of Michigan Sexual Abuse Claims
The University of Michigan has reached a nearly $500 million settlement with more than 1,000 individuals who claim they were sexually assaulted by former sports doctor Robert Anderson.

Tad DeLuca, the whistleblower whose letter to Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel started the inquiry into Anderson, told AP the settlement brought him no joy and he believes it is nothing more than Michigan’s attempt to “gloss things over.” 

The settlement is the latest in a series of huge payouts made by institutions in the wake of employee sexual abuse allegations, including another hit for Michigan due to Larry Nassar.  

More than 300 women and girls claimed they were sexually abused by the former sports and USA Gymnastics doctor, and the university agreed in May 2018 to settle for $500 million.

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Anderson worked at the institution from 1966 until his retirement in 2003, and a report found that officials missed numerous opportunities to stop his alleged behavior. He died in 2008. 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by sexual abuse, resources are available here.

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