The article was really well done, I think. We got to know a lot about Maya's character and beliefs before finding out what had happened to her. If we knew that the article involved rape before reading it, I think most readers would have approached it very differently. Being taken completely by surprise by the mention of her rape was just so powerful and moving. It makes people see her not just as a rape victim - because we got to know something about her before that came up - but as a determined and strong person in her own right.
@Emmanuelle Cunt. What a wonderful name!