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Armies of Enablers: Deconstructing sexual abuse of athletes and bystanders who perpetuated a culture of turning a blind eye

January 29, 2021 @ 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MST

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Join the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law for an online conference that will discuss different issues—legal and non-legal alike– germane to examining assaults on athletes, including hearing the voices of the survivors.

The conference will address ethical, legal, legislative, institutional, and medical questions in an effort to better understand the causes of the abuse and examine ways to prevent abuse in the future. The invited panelists represent a broad spectrum of expertise and experience who we are confident can shed important light on the many aspects of this issue and suggest ways to proactively address what has become an epidemic.

While we understand the discussion is painful for many, we believe there is a compelling need —in the aftermath of Michigan State University, Penn State University, Ohio State University, USA Gymnastics, and the University of Michigan—-to directly address the abuse of athletes.

This event is free and open to the public. 6 hours of CLE credit (pending).


Keynote Address

Jon Vaughn, Father. Entrepreneur. Survivor. Activist.
Mr. Jonathan Vaughn is a hospitality industry entrepreneur, strategist and leader with expertise in launching and growing start-up companies, raising capital, vendor contract negotiation, staff augmentation and project management. He has negotiated multi-million dollar tax credit incentives with several municipalities across the United States.
Mr. J. Vaughn has produced hospitality events integrating premium sponsorships including at multiple premium hotels, SuperBowls, celebrity golf tournaments and company launch events. Mr. J. Vaughn has led global media and public relations campaigns with icons in sports, entertainment and media and has structured media property licensing deals.
Mr. J. Vaughn was an award-winning college and professional athlete who played for the University of Michigan and in the National Football League (NFL) as a running back and kick-return specialist with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers and concluded his professional football career in NFL Europe.



*All times are in MST

8:45-9:00 a.m. — Opening Remarks

Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner

9:00-10:15 a.m. — Keynote address – Mr. Jon Vaughn

10:15-10:30 a.m. — Break

10:30-11:15 a.m. — A Discussion with a Survivor

Ms. Tiffany Thomas-Lopez

11:15-11:30 a.m. — Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Ethics & Abuse Panel

Ms. Rebecca Khoury
Professor Deborah Brake
Rep. Brian King

1:00-1:45 p.m. — Lunch Break

1:45-3:15 p.m. — Criminal Law Panel

Professor Paul Cassell
Ms. Sarah Klein
Ms. Anna Rossi Anderson

3:15-3:30 p.m. — Break

3:30-4:45 p.m. — “Where do we go from here” Panel

Ms. Lauren Allswede
Dr. Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu
Mr. Austin Meek
Mr. Mark Harlan

4:45-5:00 p.m. — Closing Remarks

Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner


  • Jon Vaughn, Father.   Survivor.  Activist.
  • Tiffany Thomas-Lopez, former Michigan State University athlete, survivor
  • Rébecca Khoury, Founder, The Spirit of Trust
  • Deborah Brake, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Brian King, Representative for District 28 – Leader of the House Democratic Caucus
  • Paul Cassell, Professor, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Sarah G. Klein, attorney at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, advocate, survivor
  • Anna Rossi Anderson, Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake County
  • Austin Meek, Staff Writer, The Athletic
  • Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, MD, MPH is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, and a board-certified Physiatrist. She specializes in spine and sports medicine. Dr. Tuakli directs the Sports Equity Lab
  • Mark Harlan, Athletics Director, University of Utah
  • Lauren Allswede, LMSW, North Star Wellness Center



Contact Kris Monty with questions (801-585-3440).


This event is co-sponsored by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Sports Equity Lab in association with Yale University.


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January 29, 2021
8:45 am - 5:00 pm
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