Greetings! I recall reading (years ago) an opinion given back in the middle ages, during the Muslim invasions of Europe. There were numerous examples of the Muslim soldiers gang-raping the women when conquering a city, frequently raping the women to death. The ones who were left alive could be taken back as booty, to be sold into a harem, never to see a Christian face again. The question arose that, in the face of such defilement (there’s a reason rape used to be called “a fate worse than death”), what were the acceptable options for Christian women. It was decided that in cases where (for example) the woman has been chased to the top of a tower and her only visible options are to suffer defilement or to throw herself off the tower to protect her virtue, that this act of suicide was morally acceptable (not preferable, but acceptable) and would not be considered a sin of despair as an ordinary act of suicide would be. It would fall into the same class as several of the early Church saints with the title, “Virgin and Martyr” – women who fought against their attackers to the point of death.
My question is if this view is acceptable: to choose to kill yourself rather than suffer defilement?