There’s a topic in World News about a Canadian judge who resigned after he was (IMHO justly) pilloried for asking a rape victim why she didn’t “keep her knees together” to avoid the rape.
While so far, all posters have stated their strong disagreement with the judge’s comments, I can recall some examples of Catholic saints who seem to have been canonized in large part because they resisted rape even to the point of choosing death instead.
Where St. Maria Goretti is concerned, it seems she also lived a saintly life, forgave her murderer, and actually led him to repent after her death. But she is often called upon to support people in efforts at chastity.
There’s also a really old martyr saint from the Roman persecution era who tricked a soldier into killing her instead of raping her, I don’t recall her name but I do recall her being described as a “wise virgin”.
The idea that women should resist rapists tooth and nail has certainly been used to cast doubts on rape allegations, and only the rapist who actually physically forces sex despite resistance, is considered a “real rapist”. Sometimes I even wonder if people who believe this, actually think rape itself is no big deal, and only frown on violent “real rape” due to the physical violence involved.
So, is a woman (or man) who does submit to rape at gunpoint, knifepoint, because the rapist threatened the life of loved one, guilty of sexual sin? I doubt it would be mortal sin, considering the amount of coercion. But would it be venial sin for someone NOT to fight back?