According to Plutarch she urged her husband to take vigorous action against Catiline, who had compromised her half-sister Fabia, a vestal virgin; also to give evidence against Clodius, being jealous of his sister Clodia.
Branding (perhaps the equivalent of degradation to slavery) was the penalty for slander of a married woman or vestal.
The Vesta of the state is in fact the king's hearth, standing in close proximity to the Regia, the king's palace; the Vestal Virgins, who have charge of the sacred fire, are the "king's daughters," and as such even in republican times were in the manus of the pontifex maximus, who was the successor of the king on the legal side of his religious duties, as the rex sacrorum was on the sacrificial side.
I have lately read "Wilhelm Tell" by Schiller, and "The Lost Vestal."...
Vestal virgins were not supposed to have children, yet they could and often did marry.