I have to say that what has been called an interesting trap for Tim to escape struck me as really inappropriate. You see, I don't like rape in comics, and I really don't like rape played for laughs.
Let me explain. I don't buy the agrument that men can't be raped. They can be, it is very rare, but it happens. Not funny. Now imagine if Ra's Al Ghul decided Cass would make a great brood mare. She's tied down and some stud horse of Ra's is getting ready to impregnate her - cut to same bat time and same bat channel, see you next issue.
The Internet would explode, and with good justification. It's not funny or jokey or "innocent" just because it's Tim the Boy Virgin about to be attacked. That's not funny, it's not entertaining, it's using the threat of rape as a cliff hanger. Not cool my brothers, simply not cool.
Or I could be wrong.
There is the instance in nightwing(issue 93? I think) where he was, for all intention purposes, raped by Tarantula, that caused quite a stir...