Its a very difficult thing for people to understand that we NEED to be able to do games with themes such as rape, otherwise we've already given up on having any real depth to the possibility space of games.
I think its premature to start doing the kind of self-censorship of games that has been going on, but I can understand the cultural background that still pervades the media and its anti-game retoric. Frankly games are seen as "for kids" in such a large part of the public at large that it takes games that are really challenging for us to push things forward.
As for what we personally feel about it, that doesnt really matter so much as what the creator intended for it. Art isnt about the product so much as about the intention of the creator. If the creator thinks this game is artful, then it is.
If this is for a competition, I'm interested in seeing the other entrants to see if any alternative views on the subject have come up.