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February 22, 2020

Former Michigan U Dr. Now Being Investigated For Sexual Assaults on The Physician Team

, The Detroit News

Palm Springs, California — 
The University of Michigan is investigating several "disturbing and very serious" allegations of sexual abuse against a now-deceased member of its physician team, officials confirmed to The Detroit News on Wednesday.
The doctor implicated in the reports, Robert E. Anderson, was a former director of the University Health Service and spent years as a top physician for football teams led by former coaches Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr.
The university said it was first alerted to allegations against Anderson in July 2018, when a former student-athlete wrote to Athletic Director Warde Manuel to detail abuse during medical exams by Anderson in the early 1970s. 
UM sent out a press release calling for any victims to contact the university. The response to The News came after the newspaper asked for comment from UM about Anderson's alleged misconduct, which includes sexual abuse and unneeded or unwanted exams.
He becomes at least the fourth university physician nationwide to be accused of sexual misconduct in just the last few years, and the disclosure comes while UM Provost Martin Philbert remains suspended amid sexual misconduct allegations that emerged in January.
A Palm Springs, California, UM alumnus last August sent school officials an essay he wrote, "My Michigan Me-too Moment, 1971."

In the essay, former Detroit resident Robert Julian Stone accused Anderson of sexually assaulting him nearly 50 years ago.
Stone said he learned from UM officials that the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office was reviewing his case, along with "many other victims" who have lodged similar claims. He also said a UM police detective told him the university became aware of allegations against Anderson years ago, then moved him from his post at UM Student Health Services to become the team physician for UM athletes. 
While at UM, Anderson was known as “Dr. A” and served as the UM Athletic Department team physician. His career, which began in 1968, included working with the football team during 25 bowl games and under four coaches, including the late Schembechler and Carr. He retired from UM in 2003.

'Me too includes men'

Stone, who is gay, retired and living with his husband in Palm Springs, said the alleged experience affected him deeply. It turned him off to medicine for a long time, and also made him realize sexual abuse can happen to anyone.
"It gave me the firsthand knowledge that these things happen to men, and that wasn't a knowledge I particularly wanted to have," Stone, 69, said in an interview with The News at his home. "'Me too' includes men, too."
He said he is coming forward for many reasons, including a notion that he said was dispelled after he reported Anderson to UM and learned more allegations had been made about the doctor.
“When I first wrote to the university, I thought, ‘Well, Dr. Anderson was a closeted gay man,’ and I had some compassion for a man at that time in that position,” Stone said. “Now I realize he wasn't a closeted gay man. He was a sexual predator, and that's … a criminal thing.”
Washtenaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Steven Hiller confirmed that the office received a report of an investigation conducted by the UM police department containing "allegations of criminal wrongdoing" by Anderson.
Hiller said that a formal request for criminal prosecution did not accompany the report. Even so, the supervisor of the prosecutor's office’s charging function reviewed the report to determine if the possibility of criminal prosecution existed. 
"Because Dr. Anderson is deceased, no criminal prosecution of him would be possible regardless of whether the facts set for the report supported such an action," Hiller said in an email. "Furthermore, the ability to prosecute any ancillary offenses that may have been committed by others would have been extinguished by the statute of limitations decades ago. Therefore, this office’s review of the report has concluded."
Hiller referred questions about how many victims were in the report to UM police. 
Anderson’s wife, now 91 and living in Alaska, could not be reached for comment. But two of his three children, Jill Anderson and Kurt Anderson, said their father could never have done such a thing.
"That’s ridiculous," said Jill Anderson. "My dad was a beloved doctor at the UM for so many years. He was very well-respected. Everyone said he treated them with the utmost integrity and care."
She spoke about her father for more than 30 minutes, alternating between shock and anger about the allegations, and pride in her father's legacy.
She said her father was at the forefront of medicine for athletes and wrote protocols for how young men should be screened before they came into athletic programs. She also said he cared for thousands of athletes, had a private practice, helped young couples get pregnant and also started a venereal disease clinic at the UM health service. 
Jill Anderson said she recognized that her father worked in the same field in which others have spoken out about sexual misconduct, including victims of Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University sports doctor who is in prison for sexually assaulting hundreds of women under the guise of medicine.
" I have a great appreciation for people speaking up and saying that something is wrong," said Jill Anderson. "That is not something I would have ever have believed of my father."
Kurt Anderson, the doctor's youngest son, was stunned by the accusations.
"That is just not him," he said. "When he passed away, it was patient after patient who came and said they loved him. No one has ever said anything like that."

The #MeToo era

The allegation comes during an era when people across society are bringing complaints about sexual assaults from the past for closure, accountability, and justice.
For the past three years, MSU has faced fierce criticism over its handling of allegations against Nassar, regarded as one of the worst sex offenders in history.
Former MSU president Lou Anna Simon faces a yet-to-be scheduled trial this year for her alleged role in the scandal.
On Friday, a jury convicted former MSU head gymnastics coach Kathie Klages of lying to investigators about her knowledge of sex abuse allegations against Nassar. 
Other universities have faced scandals involving high-profile sexual predators in their ranks, including Pennsylvania State University, the University of Southern California and Ohio State University, which faces lawsuits from about 350 men alleging the school failed to stop sports doctor Richard Strauss from abusing them between 1979 and 1997.
At UM, the school's second-highest official, Provost Martin Philbert, was suspended last month after several sexual misconduct allegations were lodged against him. 
Stone said he was assaulted during his junior year when he was 20 and coming out as a gay man.
Stone, who graduated as salutatorian from Detroit’s Denby High School in 1968, said the incident with Anderson happened on June 30, 1971.

He said he had learned from a sexual partner that he might have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. Stone said he didn’t know what to do, so he talked with some of his friends, who suggested seeing Anderson because he took care of gay men on campus and didn’t refer them to the public health department.
Reflecting back on the day, Stone remembered going into Anderson’s office, which was in the front of the building now known as University Health Service, on Fletcher Street. He recalled the sunlight flooding the room and seeing pictures in the doctor's office that suggested he was married and had young children.
Stone recalls telling Anderson about his possible exposure to venereal disease.
Anderson asked him to come into an exam room connected to his office. While in the room, the doctor began telling Stone about the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases and asked him if he knew how to look for signs.
Then, Stone said, the doctor dropped his pants, began demonstrating on himself, then reached for Stone’s hand and placed it on his penis.
Afterward, Stone said, he was incensed.
“When I left that office, and even before I left that office, I was so angry,” he said. “I was white-hot angry, and I was completely disgusted. I was disgusted with him. I was appalled that anyone would do this to another human being. I never got over that.”
Stone said he did not tell anyone at the university about the incident. 
But he was livid with the classmate who had suggested that he see Anderson, and told him what had happened.
“I (said), ‘Does he do this to every gay man that goes to see him for treatment? Did he do this to you? Is this the  kind of thing that you were aware of? And if it was, why the hell didn't you tell me?’"
"He would not speak to me. He wouldn't answer any of those questions. He wouldn't say anything, and I never saw or spoke to him again.”
The man whom Stone said he told about the alleged assault could not be reached.

Decades without resolution

Stone stayed in Michigan for a brief time after earning his degrees and worked as a substitute teacher in Detroit schools before moving to San Francisco in August 1974. He worked for the federal government for 15 years, primarily as a systems analyst, and in 1989 began building a long-term relationship with a partner, who was one of the few people he told about the alleged assault.
Over the years, Stone said he carried the incident in the back of his mind, which prompted him in 1993 to obtain his medical records from the university. More than two decades had passed since his visit with Anderson, but he wanted to see what was in his record on the day in question.
When the records arrived in a manila envelope, Stone went through them until he found the one documenting the day of the alleged assault, On the record, he saw that it said “VD Survey.”
In the medical record that Stone showed The News, he had written in red pen on the record: “This was the visit!! ‘VD survey.’ HA!”
Stone, an author offour books and a former entertainment reporter for the Bay Area Reporter, a gay news publication, wrote about the alleged assault then and even thought about putting it in one of his books, a memoir. But he didn’t come forward.
When his partner of 23 years died suddenly of a heart attack in 2013, Stone began a massive purge of his belongings, preparing to start over. He threw away hundreds of pictures and many documents, including his UM diplomas and transcripts.
But he kept his UM medical records.
“In retrospect, I find that so revealing,” Stone said. “I wasn't resolved on what happened.”
Stone continued to write privately about the alleged assault.  
But it wasn’t until last summer, on Aug. 18, that he emailed “Anderson’s Boys, My Michigan Me-too Moment, 1971” to Robert Ernst, executive director of the University Health Service, and Elizabeth Cole, then acting dean of UM’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts, where Stone’s academic career began.
“I have carried this in my head for almost half a century. … It was time,” Stone wrote.
Four days passed. The first person to respond to Stone was UM Police Detective Mark West, according to emails Stone forwarded to the News.
“I would like to say first that I am sorry this happened to you,” West wrote in an Aug. 22 email, “and second, let you know that I believe you.”
A few hours later, Cole sent Stone an email.
“I am very sorry for what happened to you," she wrote. "No one should experience such a thing, and I want to assure you that I and the university — and our incoming new dean Anne Curzan — are deeply committed to creating an institution where no one does.”
Cole said she would forward his complaint to the UM police department and the university's Office of Institutional Equity.
Elizabeth Seney, UM's Title IX coordinator, sent an email to Stone on Sept. 3, letting him know she was aware he reached out to Ernst and Cole.
“I would be happy to speak with you if you would like to do so for any reason," said Seney, whose job includes making the final call on the validity of sexual misconduct reports.  
"In particular, if you have concerns that anyone employed by the University may have been aware of concerns and failed to appropriately report and/or address the concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know."
Stone also heard on Sept. 3 from Ernst, who thanked him and said, "I am very sorry that what you described happened."
"I can assure you that Dr. Anderson (is) no longer affiliated with the university, and it is my understanding that he is now, in fact, deceased," Ernst wrote. "Still, based upon your detailed description of the events that took place at UHS I did share your email right away as part of a report to the UM Police Dept. and the Office of Institutional Equity."
The apologies from Ernst and Cole surprised him, Stone said, as did the police referral by Cole.
"I kind of expected a host of denials or, 'Oh gee, that's too bad. We'll get back to you someday.'" Stone said. "I just wasn't expecting someone to come right out and say, 'Yeah, I get it. I believe you.' And she did that. I appreciated it. And then she made the referral to Detective West at the university police department, which I thought was so strange. I thought, 'Well really? I'm sure Anderson's dead by now.'  And then I got the call from Detective West."

While Stone said he didn't want to get anyone in trouble, he said he learned many things about the investigation from West, who was the only UM official he spoke with on the phone. Stone vividly recalled the first telephone conversation with West, who he said called him while he was in Ojai, California, celebrating his 69th birthday on Aug. 20.
"That's when I learned that there were many other cases," said Stone.
Stone said he spoke by phone two other times with West and learned about other allegations.
"I didn't know that he continued molesting people at the Health Service," said Stone. "And then because they (UM) had that problem, they transferred him over to make him the team physician at Michigan. I didn't know any of that."
West asked Stone to send his medical records. After they arrived, Stone said the detective called him and asked if the rectal examination that the doctor gave him was medically necessary.
 "In this instance it was, and that's when he revealed that the (alleged) sexual assaults of the athletes involved unnecessary and inappropriate rectal examinations," Stone said.
"He referred to Dr. Anderson as a monster."
West did not respond to phone and email messages from The News this week.
"I was not prepared for where the letter would lead," Stone continued, "or the new revelations that have shaken me disturbed me and continue to haunt me."
In early January, Stone sought a copy of the report that resulted from his allegations. At West's direction, Stone emailed Jesse Johnson, records and evidence manager at the UM police department.
"As you were previously notified by Det. West, that report could not be released until the Prosecutor's Office has completed its review," Johnson wrote on Jan. 3. "The report still does not contain any documentation that the review has been completed. That report thus cannot be released to you at this time. That report is also extremely large and documents many other victims, and any release will have to be heavily redacted."
Stone asked if the case was open and when the file was sent to the Prosecutor's Office for review.
Johnson wrote: "Yes, it is open. The case was first submitted on 04-24-19, but there are many victims, so follow up supplemental reports were submitted after that as they were completed."
Stone isn't the first to accuse Anderson of inappropriate behavior.
In 1995, a woman filed a lawsuit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court against Anderson, alleging that she felt violated by him after she was required to undergo a pre-employment physical examination for a job as a receptionist with Allied Inc., an Ann Arbor business.
The company sent the job applicant to Anderson, the retained physician, and he allegedly touched and manipulated her breasts "purportedly" as part of a breast exam, and performed a vaginal and rectal exam, according to the lawsuit. She later found out from other female colleagues that the exam was not routine.
"As a result of these 'examinations,' the plaintiff felt extremely uncomfortable, violated and confused as to why they had occurred," the suit said.
The woman stopped talking with her attorney, Lore A. Rogers, according to a filing with the suit, and the complaint was dismissed soon after.
Reached via email, the woman declined to comment.
Rogers, now a staff attorney and staff training coordinator for Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, said she could not recall the case and declined to comment.
Jill Anderson questioned Stone's motives for coming forward years after her father died.
"What's the point of it, to drag my dad’s name through the dirt?" she said. "There is no way to disprove it."
Stone said he is going public with his story in hopes of encouraging other victims to speak up and reveal the truth about the extent of sexual abuse of men.   
"And we'll only know that if people step forward," Stone said. "I don't think any man would really want to be the face of male sexual assault survivors in the 21st century. But if men don't start coming forward, these things are just going to go on."  

February 1, 2020

The Monica's Dress DNA is a Repeating Saga and Her Name is E.Jean Carroll, The President is Trump

They believe that by Getting Trump's DNA would prove the sexual assault since his DNA Might be on the dress. How would 'Mr. nothing sticks to me' do to change his DNA?
 E.Jean Carrol

Lawyers for advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who’s accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s, want him to hand over a genetic sample in an effort to determine whether his DNA is on a dress she wore during the alleged assault.
On Thursday, Carroll’s attorneys served notice to a Trump lawyer, asking him to submit a sample for "analysis and comparison against unidentified male DNA present on the dress,” the Associated Press reported. Carroll’s team wants Trump to submit the sample on March 2, in Washington, D.C. Carroll, a longtime columnist for “Elle” magazine, went public with her allegation last June in a cover story for New York Magazine. She alleged that Trump attacked her in a dressing room of the Manhattan department store Bergdorf Goodman. 
She wrote that Trump pushed down her tights and, “forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.”
Trump denied the allegation and said he’d never even met Carroll (though there is a photo of the two speaking at a party in the ‘80s). He accused her of making up the assault in order to sell books.
"She's not my type," added the president, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 20 women.
In November, Carroll sued Trump for defamation. Her attorney is Robbie Kaplan, who co-founded the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.
The Associated Press has asked a Trump attorney for comment. 
Writer E. Jean Carroll Is Suing Trump for Saying She Lied about Him Sexually Assaulting Her

“I am filing this on behalf of every woman who has ever been harassed, assaulted, silenced, or spoken up only to be shamed, fired, ridiculed and belittled,” Carroll said in a statement.
Cover: E. Jean Carroll at her home in Warwick, New York. Carroll claims that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room at a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s. Trump denies knowing Carroll. (Photo by Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

November 14, 2019

Evangelist Crist Will Be Held Accountable Like Any Other Man Accused of Sexual Misconduct

For a while, the career of the Evangelical comedian John Crist looked as though it had been blessed by God. His Netflix special, I Ain’t Praying for That, was set to premiere on Thanksgiving Day, and he had a book deal with WaterBrook & Multnomah, a major Christian publisher. But in private, Crist was not as holy as he seemed in public. Last Wednesday, Charisma News reported that Crist had tried to pressure several women into having sex with him. Though the conservative website describes Crist’s alleged actions as abusive but not criminal, that characterization does not seem to be entirely accurate. One woman says Crist repeatedly grabbed and kissed her against her will, twice forcing her to push him off — which would qualify as assault.
Crist does not currently face any legal action, but his Netflix special is no more. His upcoming tour is off too, and WaterBrook has canceled his book. In a statement to Charisma, Crist offered a partial apology for his actions. “My behavior has been destructive and sinful. I’ve sinned against God, against women, and the people who I love the most,” he said, adding that he plans to seek treatment for his “sexual sin and addiction struggles.” (He also denied that he was “guilty of everything I’ve been accused of.”) This may be enough to satisfy Crist’s fans, who are legion. He has over 526,000 followers on YouTube, and one of his most famous videos, “Christian Mingle Inspector,” notched over 2.8 million views. (An explanation for the blessedly ignorant: Christian Mingle is a Christians-only dating website.)
There was a lot riding on Crist. Until this week, he was on the verge of making a leap accomplished by few other Christian artists: achieving mainstream appeal. This occurs infrequently, when MTV airs a Christian band’s music video or when Netflix hands a (self-proclaimed) born-again virgin a comedy special. The jump brings the performer fame and riches; it also represents an opportunity to spread the Gospel through entertainment.
The expectations around Crist were high and may have drowned out women who have been warning others of his behavior for years. After Charisma’s story broke, several women tweeted that Crist had been enabled by a culture determined to ignore them:

Crist’s next steps are crucial not only for his career but for the subculture that made him a star. Evangelicals will have to decide whether his behavior is sexual sin — a loose term often applied to homosexuality and to consensual premarital sex — or whether they believe the women who have characterized it as sexual abuse. If it’s the former, which Crist clearly would prefer, then his path to redemption is easier. He would simply have to say in public that he is penitent and God has changed his heart. But if he’s a predator, the Evangelical community will have to grapple with the same question that has plagued many in the secular world for years: What do we do with a powerful entertainer who uses his position to hunt the vulnerable?
In theory, there’s an obvious remedy. If Crist’s comedic career were to end, he’d lose his primary method for sourcing victims. But if the Evangelical world broadly accepts that Crist’s misdeeds are sins, not assaults, they’ll implicate his victims, too: Crist shouldn’t have tried to kiss a woman against her will — but how was he to know it wasn’t her will? Maybe she led him on; she did choose to be alone with him. The belief that a woman can be a “stumbling block,” a seductive obstacle in a man’s path to sexual purity, isn’t unique to Evangelicals, but it is common, as any youth-group veteran can attest. (Charisma itself has published screeds on the topic.)
Evangelicals didn’t invent the practice of blaming women for their own abuse. Enlightened liberals do the same thing when the predator in question is an entertainer or politician they like. But Evangelical Christians make particular claims about their proximity to God and their relationship to truth, which makes their inadequate responses to sexual abuse all the more shocking. A woman who comes forward about her abuse at the hands of a powerful Evangelical man submits herself to unreasonable scrutiny; the depth of her piety is subject to church-wide debate. And the Crist case is only one of three major sexual-misconduct scandals to roil Evangelical circles over the past several weeks: The other two concern clergy members who remain in the pulpit despite credible accusations of sexual abuse.
In late October, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that megachurch pastor Andy Savage was starting a new congregation. Savage had resigned from his previous congregation after a woman claimed he had sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager and he was a youth pastor. The woman, Jules Woodson, reported the assault to Savage’s senior pastors at the time, but they didn’t take her case to the police and Savage remained in the pulpit for years. Though she has asked the Southern Baptist church that ordained Savage to revoke his credentials and oust him from the pulpit for good, it’s likely that he’ll return soon. And in Kentucky, another large Southern Baptist church named Wes Feltner as its top candidate to become senior pastor, even though two women had told the hiring committee that he’d groomed them for sexual relationships while they were teenagers and he was their youth pastor. In a recent sermon, the head of the hiring committee appeared to call the women “adversaries” bent on the destruction of Feltner and the church. That’s a title the Bible affixes to Satan himself.
Maybe the Crist case will be different. Because Charisma is a conservative outlet, it’s not easy for Christians to dismiss it as fake news. But change is unlikely unless Evangelicals change the way they respond to reports of wolves in their midst. Evangelical men didn’t listen to Woodson or to Feltner’s victims. Rumors about Crist have circulated for years, but nobody investigated them until now. Women won’t be safe until they’re taken seriously — by their peers and by their churches, too.

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