Bo Schembechler, the legendary University of Michigan football coach, knew about the alleged sexual abuse of the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.
A former UM student told Schembechler about Anderson's alleged abuse in 1982 and 1983 after seeing the late doctor for migraines, according to the suit that was among 52 others filed against UM and the Board of Regents in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Schembechler allegedly sent the student to former UM Athletic Director Donald Canham.
The former student's lawsuit says he suffered from migraine headaches and was directed by Schembechler to see Anderson. During two appointments, the doctor allegedly penetrated him rectally under the guise of medical treatment. The suit says the student told Schembechler, who directed him to report the behavior to Canham.
"Athletic Director Canham took no action and failed to investigate the allegations of sexual abuse committed by Dr. Anderson," the lawsuit says. "U of M never acted on and/or investigated (the man's) complaint of sexual abuse committed by Dr. Anderson."
This is obviously terrible if true. On the one hand, I'm glad that victims can finally get some closure and feel heard. On the other hand, basically everyone involved in this (sans the victim) is dead, with no way to defend themselves. Basically it just sucks all around.