Alleged Herman Cain Sexual Harrassment Story Gets Upgraded To Criminal Sexual Abuse *snip* Now, lets be clear, these allegations are unproven and Herman Cain is entitled to the same presumption of innocence that anyone accused of a crime has a right to. But Cain has now been accused of a crime. Cains alleged actions occurred in the District of Columbia, where the law provides that [w]hoever engages in a sexual act or sexual contact with another person and who should have knowledge or reason to know that the act was committed without that other persons permission, shall be imprisoned for not more than 180 days and, in addition, may be fined in an amount not to exceed $1,000. These allegations also up the ante considerably for the many, many Republicans who raced to defend Cain last week by denying that sexual harassment is even a real problem. (They are wrong. One in 10 women in the workplace will at some point be promised promotion or better treatment if they [are] sexually cooperative with a co-worker or supervisor.) Yet even the GOPs most rabid deniers of sexism will have a tough time arguing that there is nothing wrong with grabbing a persons genitals against their will or trying to physically push them to perform oral sex on you.