Ched Evans rape victim ‘living on the run’

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The woman who was raped by former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans is ‘living on the run’ and has had to move house five times, her father has said.

He said his daughter has had to repeatedly change her name after being identified on Twitter.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, her father, 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.

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

The 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 maintaining his innocence and vowing to clear his name.

A review of his conviction has been fast-tracked by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, with the organisation saying at the start of December that it expected to start its investigation within a few weeks.

Evans has been searching for new employment since his release from jail, but attempts to get his career back on track 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.