Unspoken: Conversations with Candace (Guest: Jon Vaughn)
Join us for another LIVE edition of Unspoken: Conversations with Candace on Monday, October 30 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT. Season 3 has been dedicated to male survivors of sexual abuse. This month, we will be joined by Jon Vaughn. He is a father, survivor, author and advocate.
The live video will play here on Monday, October 30. Depending on your browser, you may need to press play when the event starts at 8pm ET / 7pm CT.
Season 3 of Unspoken: Conversations with Candace is dedicated to male survivors of sexual abuse.
Candace Sanchez is the Host. I was the guest on the first episode and am the co-host for the rest of the season.
Jon was an award-winning college and professional athlete who played for the University of Michigan and in the National Football League (NFL) with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, and Pittsburgh Steelers, concluding his professional football career in NFL Europe.
He is one of more than 1,000 people, many of whom are Black men, who say they were sexually abused by U-M’s former athletics team physician, Robert Anderson, during a time period spanning close to 40 years. Their claims have been supported by an independent report commissioned by the university in 2021.
For 100+ days in the bitter cold of winter, and despite a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, Jon camped out in front of University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel’s house to protest what he calls the university’s culture of enablement and its cover-up of Anderson’s actions.
After the University removed the related “Hail to the Victims” campsite in March, Jon chained himself to a tree at the same spot for 17.5 hours, one minute for every known Anderson survivor. The protest drew other survivors and student protestors.