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The Woman In The Ched Evans Rape Case Is Being Harassed On Twitter

Evans was found not guilty in his retrial of the rape of a teenager.

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After a two-week trial, former Premier League footballer Ched Evans was cleared on Friday of raping a teenager at a hotel in Wales in 2011.

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The 27-year-old had been found guilty of the offence in 2011. However, in April this year the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial.

When the news of the verdict broke, it prompted a heated response from supporters of the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – who continued to rally behind her.

Disgusting online response to Ched Evans verdict - abuse, misogyny, raking up past sexual history - a masterclass in why women don't report

However, supporters of Ched Evans reacted very differently to the court verdict.

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There has been a barrage of furious tweets about the woman in the Ched Evans rape case.

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The online abuse isn't new. The woman has been forced to go into hiding and has moved from her home five times as a result of the online harassment she received during the trial and retrial.

Supporters of Evans called for the woman to be "named and shamed".

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They also said she should be imprisoned.

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She was described as a "whore" and a "slut".

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Many people were critical of girls and women, who they said are often "lying" in cases of rape.

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Twitter

Many said the woman had "ruined his life".

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Others claimed feminism was to blame.

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Twitter

Some even called for her to be killed.

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Hundreds of tweets were also directed at Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Olympic Heptathlon Champion, who asked for her name to be removed from the Sheffield United stand if Evans was given a contract.

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As a result, she was sent numerous rape threats on social media.

The woman in the case has had her name repeatedly revealed on social media over the years by supporters of Ched Evans, despite police warning social media users that identifying her is breaking the law.

In 2012, nine people pleaded guilty to revealing the identity of the woman on Twitter and Facebook.

Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rossalyn Warren at rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com.

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