Author writes that rape in her novel came from her life

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of the best-selling novel “Luckiest Girl Alive” has posted an essay online saying the gang rape in high school her character suffered was based on an assault in her own life.

Jessica Knoll, writing on a website co-managed by Lena Dunham, says she had previously deflected questions about similarities between herself and the book’s protagonist, TifAni.

She wrote Tuesday on that she’d been running, ducking and dodging because she was scared.

Knoll says she had been afraid to call what happened to her rape. But she said recently she had a powerful revelation: That “everyone is calling it rape now” and she had no reason to keep it secret.

The book has been optioned by Reese Witherspoon for a feature film.