After some beta readers read my story, they said that I use rape as a plot device. The main character wants revenge for being raped, but they said I could have used any crime, such as one of his loved ones being killed or having all his money stolen from him that would have sufficed, but instead I use rape a plot device, to get the rest of the plot going. But I found this to be interesting. Say the MC is avenging a loved one being killed, or avenging having all his money stolen from him. Wouldn't those crimes also be plot devices to get the story going? Why is it that rape is bad for being a plot device, where as murder and theft is okay? Isn't it a double standard that that is the one crime that should not be used as a plot device, according to some? Why does that particular crime have to be more than just that, especially when murder is often a plot device and most readers, do not complain? What do you think? I just felt it was kind of a naive, possibly double standardish thing to say, especially when substituting murder as okay as a plot device in comparison. Unless I am wrong, and I failed to see the distinction to the rule?