You Needed

You heard her story 
But needed every detail
before you’d believe
Needed her to lay herself bare
Required her to tell it a certain way
And do the work to make you care

You simply cannot fathom that 
You could believe her story
Without knowing every single detail
And even then, with it all on the floor
You’ll tell her how she’s failed
Didn’t do enough to protect herself
Didn’t speak up soon enough
Didn’t pull herself out of her personal hell
To quickly rise above

And you’ll ask about the offender
Try your best to clear his name
Because if he must suffer for his actions
Then none of you are safe
But isn’t that what scares you after all…
That a woman could speak truth loud enough 
To trigger an evil mans fall?