For my story, I feel that the reader has to have a lot of faith that the pay off is going to be good, in order to not get a bad impression of the first act. The first act opens with a woman being rescued from being kidnapped and raped. She does not want to speak to the police about what happened to her, or what she can remember, in order for the police and the prosecutor to take the suspect to trial. The prosecutor wants the case bad, for ambitious reasons of his own, so in order to secure her testimony, he has the police place her under arrest with a material witness warrant, until the trial. Now that is quite the cruel thing to do to a victim character of such a crime, and that comes after the opening of being rescued from the crime. So I don't want the reader to think that too much cruelty is being done to this woman by the writer for the first act, but I also do not want the reader to think she is a weak character for not having the guts to testify. She is suppose to be weak and flawed, and not an ideal stand up character. But is there a way this character, and what is done to her in a way that will not come off as weak or misogynist to the reader? The reader could easily role their eyes and say, "Oh look, another mistreated female character, who does not have any guts... again...". But I mean to portray it as a realistic situation and not a cliche. What do you think?