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Ched Evans rape victim 'forced to move house five times'

Ched Evans was released in October having served half of his sentence for rape. Credit: PA Wire

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

The man said his daughter was "living her life on the run" and was forced to spend Christmas away from her family and friends as "it's too risky for her to visit".

Evans, a former Sheffield United striker, was jailed for five years in 2012 after a jury found him guilty of raping the woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.

Since being released in October, the 26-year-old has continued to protest his innocence and released a video vowing to clear his name.

Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was jailed for raping a woman in a hotel room. Credit: PA Wire
The striker, seen with his girlfriend Natasha Massey, continues to protest his innocence. Credit: PA Wire
The victim's father has criticised Evans's claims of innocence. Credit: PA Wire

The victim's father told the Mail on Sunday: "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."

Speaking about Evans's continued protests, the father added: "Ched Evans is able to lead a normal life. He has never apologised to my daughter.

"Instead, his website proclaims his innocence and draws attention to my daughter every day that it remains posted on the net. I think it should be taken down."

The footballer's attempts to resurrect his career have failed, with Sheffield United and Hartlepool rejecting the chance to sign him following fierce public backlashes.