Vigil planned at U-M in support of sexual assault survivors expected to draw thousands

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) -- A vigil at the University of Michigan is expected to draw thousands of sexual assault survivors together in solidarity.

The gathering is being organized by former Wolverine football player Jonathon Vaughn, who says he was abused by U of M sports doctor Robert Anderson and is suing the university along with hundreds of others.

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Vaughn has become a voice for abuse survivors, and tells WWJ’s Erin Vee that he has been camping out in front of the home of University President Mark Schlissel for the past week. He plans to stay at his post until Schlissel agrees to a meeting.

“There is a human component that has been missed in the rhetoric that has come from the university as pertaining to us men and women,” he said. “We’re fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters.”

“At the end of the day, we’re all human, and so are all these survivors,” he added. “I’m really doing this for the team.”

The former football player says other victims of Anderson, as well as survivors of abuse at the hands of Bill Cosby, Larry Nassar, and others will all be in attendance.

The vigil will take place tonight at 7 p.m. on the University of Michigan campus.