Saint Maria Goretti
Feast Day July 6
Patron saint of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape
Maria Goretti a Beautiful, pious farm girl, In 1902 at age twelve was attacked. Her attacker tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God‘s forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. Counted as a martyr.