Evans victim ‘had to change name’

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Published: Sunday 28th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The woman who was raped by footballer Ched Evans has had to change her name and move house five times after being identified by malicious Twitter trolls, her father has said.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter’s identity, said she was separated from her family and friends over the festive period and was not even able to exchange Christmas presents with him.

She worked over Christmas to take her mind off her tormentors, who are supporters of Evans, her father said.

Evans was jailed in April 2012 for raping the woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.

The Welsh former Sheffield United striker denied rape, saying the sex was consensual, but he was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

After his release in October, Evans released a video on his website protesting his innocence and vowing to clear his name.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the victim’s father said: ” It’s the fifth time she’s had to move in under three years, she is just living her life on the run.

“I couldn’t even see her over Christmas because it’s too risky for her to visit me. I don’t even know where she is living at the moment, so I haven’t been able to give her the Christmas presents I bought her.

“The last time I saw her was almost a year ago, and it’s been hard not having her at home over Christmas. I just want her near me so I can protect her.”

Evans has been searching for new employment since his release from jail, but attempts to get his career back on track – with clubs including Sheffield United and Hartlepool United – have been thwarted by public backlashes.

He scored 42 goals in 103 games for the Blades, having previously played for Manchester City and Norwich City.

Published: Sunday 28th December 2014 by The News Editor

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