Advocates press DeVos to keep protections in place for victims of sexual assault

Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women’s Law Center, who was among the victims’ rights advocates who met with DeVos Thursday, said Jackson’s comments came up during the meeting. “It’s impossible to take something like that back,” she said. But she said the department can show its commitment to protecting students by working with colleges to make sure they understand how to fairly adjudicate sexual assault allegations, and by conducting a listening tour to hear from survivors around the country. “We can’t expect them to go to Washington, D.C.,” Goss Graves said. “The department has to go to them and listen deeply.”