Tonight I had the blessed opportunity to venerate the major relic of St. Maria Goretti which is visiting Canada from Italy. There was a Mass with the Cardinal beforehand, and a huge sweltering crowd!
I've written about St. Maria Goretti before in reference to human agency and mauvais foi. There are those uncomfortable with the message sent by sainted martyrs who chose death over submission in cases of (attempted) coercion (whether it be rape, or burning incense to Caesar). But as I said before, I think they serve to prove that, unless someone physically forces your body against all resistance (in which case there is no culpability, obviously)...we always do have a choice.
Someone holding a gun to your head does not let you say "I have no choice." You could choose death. That, in fact, is exactly what the martyrs have done. Now, I'm not saying internal emotional factors can't be true moral duress in some cases, but this very fact (while it may mitigate culpability) is nevertheless itself a spiritual tragedy: true freedom is the ability to choose death under such circumstances, to truly not be subject to any sort of internal compulsion from fear.
St. Maria Goretti, of course, is also a great patron of purity and chastity in the young. Those who would reject the Church's teachings on sexual morality essentially spit upon everything our virgin saints lived for (and everything, indeed, our virgin-martyrs died for). Yet, their sanctity will itself be the condemnation of those wicked ones on the Last Day, when the good will serve as the "standards" by which the evil are judged.
Those who would deride or dismiss the idea of chastity this maiden stood for, or diminish the glory of her martyrdom by thinking it was ultimately unnecessary, or attributing its value to some vague factor foreign to her own specific motive...will be burned forever by that same glory, will suffer forever on account of the beauty of this selfsame chaste body (for, let us never set an eye on Heaven without setting the other on Hell!) Unless, of course, they repent; in which case St. Maria Goretti has always shown herself most willing to forgive.