Two new recruits into the Coldstream Guards are said to have been sexually assaulted as part of an initiation ritual with a guardsman understood to have been suspended
A Queen’s Guard is accused of assaulting two new recruits with a sex toy just yards from Windsor Castle, it has been claimed.
The soldier has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault following the alleged incident, understood to have been part of an initiation ritual.
The two new recruits were only two days into their roles in the Coldstream Guards, with the guardsman said to have been suspended after an investigation was launched.
The contingent of infantry and cavalry soldiers – part of the Household Division – is charged with guarding Her Majesty’s home and is based at Victoria Barracks.
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It comes after findings showed up to 17,000 members of the Armed Forces have been physically, racially or sexually abused by colleagues in the past year.
This equates to 12 per cent of all those currently serving – but research shows that more than 90% say nothing because they fear they won’t be taken seriously.
The shocking figures emerged in March following an MPs’ inquiry into treatment of women in the Armed Forces.
In the same month, a disgraced RAF unit was disbanded after footage emerged of a naked gunner being sexually assaulted with a 5ft mortar tube.
At the time, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said he was “appalled” by the incident at RAF Honington in Suffolk.
A source told The Sun: “The Army is under huge pressure to stamp this sort of behaviour out.
“The RAF were swift and ruthless in dealing with this sort of behaviour and had the right response.
“But the Coldstream Guards is the oldest regiment in the Army and you can’t just get rid of them overnight.”