20 Attorneys General Send Powerful Letter Opposing Betsy DeVos' Position On Campus Rape

"She will have us to deal with further." 

Last week, Betsy DeVos angered feminists by agreeing to meet with Men's Rights groups who continue to disparage women who report rape on campus. DeVos hinted that she'd be rolling back Title IX protections furthered by the Obama administration. Now, 20 Attorneys General from the Democratic Party have signed a joint letter advising against this policy change, according to BuzzFeed.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas characterized DeVos' decision as a "reckless approach to governing," and said rolling back mandates put in place under the Obama administration would "put students in danger."

"The 20 AGs who signed that letter were putting Secretary DeVos on notice that we support the current regulations, and if she rolls them back, then she will have us to deal with further," Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania's attorney general who organized the writing of the letter, told BuzzFeed. "We'll see what actions she takes. What I can tell you is we are committed to ensuring these protections stay in place. And if need be, we'll take legal action to try and protect victims."

"While we recognize that there is a great deal more that can be done to protect students and agree on the importance of ensuring that investigations are conducted fairly, a rushed, poorly-considered effort to roll back current policies sends precisely the wrong message to all students," reads the letter. "Yet there is every indication that is exactly the approach your Department is taking."

The letter also focused on Candice Jackson, the Department of Education's top civil rights official who falsely claimed that 90 percent of rapes reported are false. (Jackson later apologized for her comments.) 

"We have serious concerns as to whether Ms. Jackson can be entrusted to oversee a fair, thorough process in evaluating the department’s policies in this area," reads the letter.

Many of these attorneys general are also part of a lawsuit against DeVos pertaining to changes to college financial aid rules.

You can read their letter in full here.

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