When 46-year-old Ginger White became the latest woman to accuse former presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual impropriety, she told the New York Times in a story published on November 29, 2011, that she came forward after seeing how the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza had treated his previous accusers. “It bothered me that they were being demonized,” White told the Times. “I felt bad for them.”
White is claiming to have had a secret affair with Cain for 13 years while previous accusers levied charges of sexual harassment. However, the most disturbing aspect to the Cain campaign’s handling of the accusations has been the manner in which it has been implied that each woman’s troubled financial history somehow equates to every one of them not being credible.
Both White and Sharon Bialek, Cain’s first public accuser, have bankruptcies and eviction notices in their past. However, the website Jezebel noted that it is “important to consider the oft-overlooked possibility” that perhaps accused men like Cain are drawn to victims or partners “expressly because they’re in positions of vulnerability and because no one would believe their word over the word of a wealthy, successful businessman.” A “troubled” accuser, as Cain often referred to them, might be less likely to tell. “Powerless people, even when armed with powerful information, are still powerless,” Jezebel said. “Or so the powerful and busted think.”
The truth of the matter is that American history is filled with numerous companies and celebrities who have experienced financial distress and were forced to turn to bankruptcy before turning their lives around. For many average Americans currently struggling to find credit card or foreclosure help , the way that bankruptcy has been used against Cain’s accusers could reinforce an unfounded belief that filing Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 will haunt you forever. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
In an effort to help bolster the fact that there are more success stories than failures, tomorrow we will begin going over some of the notable names that have their own experience with bankruptcy.
Benjamin Brand Services – Chicago bankruptcy lawyer