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AN MP wants the government to assure sex assault victims they will be given support.

Gosport’s Caroline Dinenage spoke in the House of Commons in Parliament over sexual violence.

She said: ‘Horrifyingly, one in five women will experience sexual violence over the course of their lives.

‘Yet only 15 per cent of the victims of the most serious sexual offences report those crimes to the police.

‘Does the minister agree with me that if more victims are to come forward the police up and down the country need to send out a robust message that these crimes will be taken very seriously?’

Mike Penning, minister of state for policing and for justice, said he agrees.

He replied: ‘Victims must have confidence when they come forward.’