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Female victim comes forward publicly in University of Michigan physician sex abuse case

Posted at 6:17 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 18:20:52-04
(WXYZ) —

The first female victim of the late University of Michigan physician Dr. Robert Anderson is expected to come forward publicly Tuesday morning.

Anderson is accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of student athletes while working for the U-M for decades.

The news conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi at 10:30 a.m.

An attorney for the alleged victim says she will share her story and encourage others to come forward.

"What we know is for numerous decades the University of Michigan concealed Dr. Anderson's actions and the administrations over numerous generations allowed Dr. Anderson to abuse hundreds of victims, said Attorney Parker Stinar.

Attorney Parker Stinar says he represents more than 115 alleged victims of the late doctor. Although he says he knows about 500 have come forward, retaining lawyers.

In February, U-M announced it's investigating allegations of abuse against former sports doctor Robert Anderson. He worked for the university from 1967 to 2003, performing physical exams. He died in 2008.

Dozens of men have come forward.

"Although I represent a number of female victims, this to my knowledge, like I stated is the first one that's willing to come forward and share her story," said Attorney Parker Stinar.

Overnight, ESPN posted an interview with Cathy Kalahar, who was a freshman in 1973 on the university's first women's varsity tennis team and says she's blocked out Anderson's name and face for decades – after she says he did a physical exam that turned into sexual abuse.

"I'm very confident that it was him because of the level of his rudeness and what I read in the other reports. It fits what happened to other people in terms of what, I'd have to say, cruelty," said Kalahar, the alleged victim.

Kalahar says a psychological counselor she confided in months later dismissed her concerns as a "sexual fantasy."

"The current administration has at least stated publicly that they are trying to work with victims of Dr. Anderson and do the right thing," said Stinar. "As an attorney, I question some of the actions that they've taken since July 2018 and that's why we're going through the court of law to seek justice."

Mediation with the university is scheduled in September.