What is required?
Dawn Eden has an excellent comment regarding the issue of virgin martyrs who may have been violated before actual death. Very few Catholics seem to know about this stuff, much less understand it. This is what Dawn has to say about it:
What is required for a saint to qualify as a virgin saint?
Bottom line: St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas taught that virgins who are raped do not forfeit their virginity. What is more, according to Aquinas, a holy virgin who is raped not only retains her virginity; she receives a second crown in heaven for having endured the outrage of being violated. He adds that she remains a virgin in the eyes of the Church even if her rape results in her bearing a child.
That is the doctrine of our glorious Church, and more people need to be made aware of it. There are a lot of Catholics out there who are hurting because they suffered sexual abuse and are under the misapprehension that the Church perceives them as being stained by what was done to them against their will. It is my hope that my upcoming book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints will dispel such myths and help victims find the healing that is available only in and through Christ in His Church. - Dawn Patrol
It was Fr. Z who originally posted on the topic and received some interesting comments, most interesting and informative of all however, is Dawn Eden's good response reprinted here:
Though your sins be as scarlet...
Finally, for those who may have lost their virginity, always remember, "the blood of Jesus makes fallen souls virginal." The holy Archbishop Luis M. Martinez wrote that someplace, and I have never forgotten it.