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The girl alleges she was assault on the Principality Stadium (Image: Getty)

A lady has claimed she was sexually assaulted in a cabinet on the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The sufferer, who was topic to 2 assaults, throughout her time working on the iconic Cardiff venue has bravely spoken out about her ordeal, which was alleged to have been carried out by an ex-work colleague.

No point out of the incident was featured in a damning report into sexism and misogyny on the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), which underlined the “toxic” and “vindictive” behaviour throughout the organisation when it was launched in November of final yr.

A tradition of bullying and discrimination was highlighted after greater than 50 witnesses or teams of witnesses – together with previous and current gamers – had been interviewed for the evaluate.

The girl revealed she froze with concern when the person carried out the cabinet assault.

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She stated: “He was waiting there in the cupboard in the office. He pulled the door shut and wedged me up against some of the stock and sexually assaulted me. I just froze, which I hate. I hate myself for it because I didn’t do nothing.

“I used to be simply in shock as he was in my face. From the second he had completed it I simply needed to be invisible. He stated he would by no means do it once more and he got here in to gather some put up in the future and he wasn’t presupposed to be in work. He got here up, it was simply after Covid and we had been simply coming again in.

“He came and found me and said you are going to have to come down to the office a minute. In my head, I knew but stupidly I went. We got to the office and I thought I am not going to sit down so I stood by the door.”

She added: “He knew then I wasn’t going to come in so as we came out he grabbed my behind. I thought he’s done it again, it took me back to the first time straight away like that. I just froze again.”

She claimed he laughed within the wake of what had occurred and stated “see you tomorrow.”

The girl took the step of messaging her co-worker, who replied and stated: “I’m sorry it will never happen again.”

“Basically he admitted it which I showed the stadium,” she stated. “I hated going to work, I was always jumpy when people would walk past me in the offices and I would jump and they would be like calm down.”

She stated the bullying tradition was widespread data throughout the stadium.

“He kept bullying everyone,” she stated. “People in the department and people all over the WRU knew about it – even people in the shop. One day I was sat in the car park in work and I messaged the line manager and told her everything. He resigned as soon as he caught wind that I had spoken up. He got a new job straight away.”

Her allegations are among the many most severe to floor after claims had been completely revealed in March 2002 {that a} former Welsh Rugby Union worker had accused people throughout the governing physique of joking about raping her and evaluating her to Hitler.

The feminine compliant underlined there was a tradition of sexism and misogyny throughout the Welsh Rugby Union. 36 suggestions had been made, together with governance, complaints dealing with, the union’s strategy to inclusion and variety, and funding within the girls’s sport following an impartial report.

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The newest sufferer stated she believed that her case and others like hers ought to have been on the coronary heart of the evaluate into the WRU.

On being requested, she stated: “Yes, I’m disgusted really. To get the full picture you have to look at everything. You feel like they have just brushed me under the carpet. I was a problem that they just wanted covered really and never brought to light. It’s changed every part of my life. I don’t go out, I have nightmares. I have panic attacks. It’s just not me.”

She stated she had taken the choice to speak about what had occurred throughout her time on the Welsh Rugby Union to guard different girls.

She added: “I want it to stop. I want women to feel safe where they work and for people not to cover things up and feel like they can speak up. I didn’t feel like I could and for work to be a safe place. I hated the place. It was like living a nightmare. No amount of counselling or making my job easier was going to get me back in that building.”

Previous allegations centred on a person making sexist remarks in regards to the Wales girls’s group in 2020 claiming they didn’t know what it was prefer to be skilled rugby gamers as that they had solely performed “a bit of netball” and athletics. It was additional claimed that WRU employees used racist phrases comparable to “P***” on a Zoom name, behaviour which was ignored.

The scenario on the WRU led the previous chief government Steve Phillips to stop the governing physique in January 2023 and has gone on to get replaced by Abi Tierney in January of this yr.

It led the organisation to overtake its 12-strong board, together with former Wales internationals Claire Donovan and Jamie Roberts.

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Abi Tierney launched a press release (Image: Getty)

WRU CEO Abi Tierney stated: “Firstly, it is vitally important for me, on behalf of everyone at the Welsh Rugby Union, to formally apologise directly to the individual involved. The behaviour described is totally unacceptable and was not ever, and will not ever, be tolerated.

“Our tradition didn’t forestall such an incident from occurring and, while we all know our People group labored laborious to supply assist and care over an prolonged time period, a few of our HR insurance policies for addressing such incidences weren’t proper. We have stated already that we remorse the usage of non-disclosure settlements or related preparations the place employment ended.

“More widely, I would like to reiterate the full apology both myself and others have previously offered to anyone who has been affected by issues and challenges highlighted by our recent Independent Review.

“Although the individual has wished to stay nameless, from the outline of the circumstances, it’s our understanding that this is among the instances examined by the Review and on this manner has already fed the suggestions for change that we’re dedicated to ship. The Review provides us a roadmap to steady enchancment and our present progress in opposition to the suggestions could be discovered right here: https://community.wru.wales/cy/the-wru/reports/ ’

“The Review was conducted independently to the WRU. However, we know that the Review Team made many direct approaches and had an open call for people to speak to them and we co-operated with and encouraged this. Specifically, we made it clear that we would be happy for anyone to speak freely with the Review Team, including those who had left employment and were the subject of confidentiality arrangements. People who spoke to the Review team did so on a confidential basis. We therefore cannot confirm and do not know whether this person decided to speak to the Review or not.

“We proceed to encourage folks to entry our whistleblowing line if they’re uncomfortable chatting with their line administration about any points. As we have now already stated, we understood that historic instances might come ahead throughout and after the Review interval. We proceed to welcome dialogue with anybody concerned or affected by any of the problems raised, in order that we will apologise to them and proceed to be taught and enhance.”