1 in 4 college athletes experience sexual abuse from an authority figure, survey finds

1 in 4 college athletes experience sexual abuse from an authority figure, survey finds

1 in 4 college athletes experience sexual abuse from an authority figure, survey finds

For Evan Cooper, who grew up playing football in Miami, becoming a star defensive back who never missed a game at a major college such as the University of Michigan was “a dream come true.”

But during his time on campus in the early 1980s, he became one of the hundreds of U of M survivors who have accused late athletic doctor Robert Anderson of sexual assault and misconduct.

Cooper, 59, who sued the university along with dozens of anonymous male athletes last August, said he wasn’t fully aware at the time that he was being abused, and he didn’t want to come forward and jeopardize his spot on the football team.


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