Ched Evans rape victim named and abused on Twitter
Footballer's team-mate rants at teenage rape victim as others use Twitter to name her
THE teenage rape victim of Welsh international footballer Ched Evans has been abused and named on Twitter, days after he was sent to jail for five years for attacking her at a hotel.
One of Evans's Sheffield United team-mates is now under investigation by the club after posting a series of messages in which he called the 19-year-old a "money-grabbing little tramp".
Connor Brown posted the messages after Evans (above) was jailed on Friday and although they have now been taken down the club said it was "aware of a very serious matter regarding comments made through the Twitter account of one of its players".
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old has been named on Twitter, even though the victims of sexual assaults are given the legal right to anonymity. "Her name was said to be one of the top trending words on Twitter yesterday," reported the Daily Mail.
The Times reports that the police have vowed to deal "robustly" with those who identified the girl. They said that the comments about her were "profoundly disturbing" and had contributed to her "continued trauma".
Last year, Twitter users flouted the law and named another footballer, Ryan Giggs, as a the player who had taken out an injunction to stop details of his private life being made public. There was little public sympathy for Giggs at the time and when steps were taken to try and stop people breaching the law there were claims of censorship.
So far no-one has defended any of those who named or abused the teenager, and many outraged Twitter users took screen grabs of the offending tweets and forwarded them to the police so they can take action.
Barrister Amanda Bancroft wrote on The Guardian website: "While it may be without doubt that those who used Twitter in an unlawful way over this issue should be punished, and it is fair to say that the law is constantly being tested in its application in our new media age, what this weekend has demonstrated is how alarmingly alive and pervasive rape culture is."