An aristocrat has helped to shed light on the extent of rape and sexual abuse in the exclusive public school, Eton.

Robert Montagu, the son of the 10th Earl of Sandwich described how he stopped a young boy at the school from committing suicide after he was raped by two prefects.

In fact, he was so concerned for the young victim that he kept in touch with him all night via a walkie talkie.

Unfortunately these types of incidents are nothing new at elite public schools such as Eton, according to Mr Montagu.

The incident is part of a trend known as “fagging” which sprung up in the 1960s. It is a practice in which young boys act as slaves to the older ones.

Boys which are smaller or considered ‘effeminate’ are often the targets of the degrading sex attacks, in which they are stripped naked and fondled.

In an interview which appeared in the Express, Mr Montagu said: “There were a few of us who banded together to protect younger boys from a predatory gang of bullies. I was at Eton between 1962 and 1966 at a time when the fagging culture was rife and the culture of prefects of 17 or 18 abusing boys aged 13 and 14 was endemic. It was a problem at many public schools.

“The smaller and more feminine the boy, the more likely he was to be branded ‘girly’ or a ‘tart’ and made a target.

“There was one such boy who was having a particularly wretched time since he’d been raped by a couple of older boys two years previously. He’d since acquired an undeserved reputation and was the victim of further sexual assaults as a result. It got to the point where he was in a real mess and he was struggling to cope.”

Mr Montagu was himself a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his father when he was young, which he wrote about in his book, A Humour Of Love.

He said that that people with ‘entitled backgrounds’ were given ‘more opportunities’ to be abusive towards children.

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