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Emperor Constantius II Decrees Standard Penalty for Rape of Consecrated Virgins

Emperor Constantius II

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Emperor Constantius II issues a decree that the penalty for raping a consecrated Christian virgin must be the same for any other rape — even if they rapist and the victim later marry.

According to the decree:

"Ravishers of both kinds will be punished with equal severity.

There will be no distinction between the man who is discovered to have raped sacrosanct maidens and one who violates the chastity of such a widow.

Nor should any man be able to delude himself by the later consent to marriage of a woman whom he raped." [CTh 9.25.1]

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