The media has revealed Karen Kraushaar, one of Herman Cain’s first reported sexual harassment victims, and now she wants a press conference with all the victims.
Kraushaar, who works at the communications branch of the Treasury Department, wants to be able to stand with the other casualties of Cain, whom she called a “monster.”
The point of the press conference, Kraushaar said, would be to get all the allegations out in the open.
“That would be my preference, that we all go together in a joint press conference,” she told Politico.
Politico originally broke the story Oct. 30 that Cain had harassed Kraushaar and another woman during their tenure at the National Restaurant Association. Kraushaar and her lawyer, Joel Bennett, agreed to release her name to the media yesterday, contrary to rumors that she had not.
In an interview with CNN, Kraushaar explained her reasoning for attempting to band together the members of her small, victimized group.
“There is safety in numbers,” said the spokeswoman, “It is important that it happen in one conference.”
It also could lead to a quicker resolution and more answers than the accusers standing separately. Cain could have a chance to own up to the allegations at one time if the press conference happens, but Kraushaar says that will not happen.
“[Cain] is a serial denier. He will deny if it is four or 40 women,” she explained.
So far, one other accuser, Sharon Bialek, has come forward, and subsequently joined Kraushaar’s small cluster.
The now brazen complainant must defend her reasoning not only to the media, but to American citizens, especially those that back the GOP frontrunner Cain. Why wait 12 long years to come forward with public accusations, especially when a $46,000 settlement was reached and confidentiality agreement was signed?
Kraushaar says that Politico had a lot to do with it. When they approached her with the two names, she said, “If I deny, I’m lying.” Although the incident was a “personally embarrassing matter, “ the federal employee felt she had the obligation to do the right thing.
“Sexual harassment is not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem. It’s an American problem,” Kraushaar stated.