CAMPAIGNERS have accused Glasgow University of not doing enough to help victims of sexual violence.

Students are calling for the institution to do more to help victims of rape and sex attacks, and are now launching their own campaign calling for action.

Members of the university's Amnesty International group, feminist societies and Mental Wealth group will launch the Let's Talk campaign today.

It will be the first of it's kind in the UK, calling for a more integrated approach to help victims.

Ellen MacAskill, a member of the GU Amnesty International group, said the decision to start the campaign came after a student had an experience of sexual assault.

Ellen said: "She found so many of her friends had similar experiences, so she decided enough was enough."

The campaign hopes to offer bystander intervention classes to students, to teach them how to help people if they see sexual assault taking place or know fellow students who have been victims.

Ellen said: " It's about a wider infrastructure for dealing with sexual violence on campus.

"People who have been assaulted or know it is going on around them don't feel like going to the University is the first thing they should do. They feel like they have to deal with it on their own or go to the police, which most people don't want to do.

"There is a gap and our university isn't giving us enough support. It's obvious they should be putting more resources into it.

"It's not a case that there is more sexual violence than before but more people are realising how pressing it is to take action.

"The more people talk about it the more they realise how big an issue it is. it's something which is quite taboo, kept quiet and people aren't encouraged to speak about because they feel they wont be believed or received well."

A spokeswoman from Glasgow University said: "The safety of students is of paramount importance to the University of Glasgow.

"We have structures and policies in place to support the physical safety of students and provide guidance on how to react in an emergency situation, and in October the University joined Police Scotland’s Student ‘Help Zone’ initiative.

"In recent discussions with the Students’ Representative Council, the University has considered what more it can do to raise awareness of sexual violence and to provide support and assistance to students.

"As a result the University, in partnership with the Students’ Representative Council, has recently launched an initiative on Preventing Sexual Offending."