plagued by conscience

See: penitent
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And brave individuals rose up across the years, plagued by conscience and committed to the Gospel, to speak the unspeakable, louder and more clearly every time.
A person who knowingly does something that he realizes in his heart of hearts is seriously wrong, is inevitably plagued by conscience. In an effort to avoid this plague that person seeks relief by looking for and expecting moral approval from society and the law of the land.
If the youngsters are not plagued by conscience or do not feel the need to act responsibly then their actions are understandable.