Dad of Ched Evans rape victim tells footballer - ‘stop your innocence campaign’

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The dad of the woman raped by Ched Evans has called for the footballer to stop trying to clear his name as it is ‘destroying’ her.

The father said he decided to speak out after the former Sheffield United player was released from prison and appeared in a video where he referred to the rape as an ‘act of infidelity’ to girlfriend Natasha Massey.

He said: “Evans needs to apologise to my daughter rather than his girlfriend and to just shut the whole campaign down.

“He’s shown no remorse and every time he makes some fresh appeal or comment, he draws attention to my daughter and risks her being identified.”

The father said people are trying to track his daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, down and she has received death threats.

She has been forced to leave her family and change her name three times since the footballer was convicted of rape in April 2012. Aged 19 at the time, she was judged to have been too drunk to give her consent.

Her father added: “She’s having to go from one place to another. There are only so many times you can keep changing your name.

“What kind of animal is he to sit in that video and keep destroying her?

“She feels hunted, I know that sooner or later she will break.

“She is living the life of a prisoner.”

Ched Evans’ appeal against conviction, after he served two and a half years, has been given the ‘highest priority’ by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The father added: “It is an insult to my daughter and all rape victims out there.

“If you do the crime you should do the time.

“Two and a half years is very lenient and he shouldn’t be allowed to go back to his career as though nothing has happened.”