Should Herman Cain’s accusers step forward?

The question here, as asked by Texas Faith is:

As you know, Herman Cain faces allegations that he sexually harassed female employees during his time at the National Restaurant Association. The Republican fervently denies the charges, although there are reports that settlements have been made in these cases. Cain’s story about those settlements continues to evolve.

As this story unfolds, I would like to hear you talk about the obligation of the women in this episode. It is natural that they would want to avoid a media firestorm. But don’t they have a moral obligation to step forward and tell their side of the story, like former NRA employee Sharon Bialek did on Monday?

If nothing happened, shouldn’t they be explicit about that? But if something did happen, shouldn’t they provide details? After all, Americans are trying to evaluate the campaign of a rising presidential front-runner who says he did no wrong.

If we were to boil the question down to its most basic principles, we might ask, “When someone is being considered for a position of high responsibility and importance, and we know that person did something wrong which might be very important to considering their character when appointing them, do we have a moral obligation to make the wrongdoing known?” The answer is: yes.