I was thinking of the Saint this morning.
Agnes was only twelve years old when she was martyred! She had been confined to a brothel, tortured and tormented, for refusing marriage to the Prefect's son. One is reminded of Maria Goretti who was killed refusing the advances of a would be rapist.
How young these virgin martyrs, how courageous facing death, how compassionate for their persecutors. It is said Agnes healed the blindness of the man who tried to violate her, and we know Maria Goretti was concerned for the soul of her would be rapist, resisting his advances warning him of mortal sin, and after her death, appearing in a dream which effected his repentance.
These young girls faced with violations against their human dignity, their chastity - resisting unto death their attackers - remind me of the victims of systematic, weaponized rape in our day. Be it widespread or isolated - it is now understood as a crime against humanity, a war crime. Certainly ISIS is using it as such.
I pray St. Agnes to intercede for the victims of these crimes.
A new kind of war crime!
Rape, as a crime against humanity: Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity. - Source
It seems to me we must examine our so-called freedoms to abortion, divorce, promiscuity, pornography, sexual exploitation of minors, and other acts of sexual violence as a way to 'control' population, and or undermine human dignity. Not sure how to express it, but it seems to me these disorders cause serious harm to humanity as well.