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Does the Church teach that it is better to die than to be raped?


The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that &quot;rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity . . . that can mark the victim for life&quot; (CCC 2356). And I have found at least nine women who were canonized because they chose death over rape. They are considered patronesses of purity. They are also considered patronesses of rape victims, which I find strange given they were not victims of rape. I can conclude only that our Church teaches that rape victims have lost their purity, that their respect and moral integrity are no longer the same because of the rape, and that death is preferable to rape.<br />


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