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Sebold was finishing her freshman year at Syracuse University when she was raped while walking home through an underground tunnel on campus. She reported her crime to the police, who remarked that a young woman had once been murdered in the same location. Thus, he told her, she was "lucky."
ebold returned home to Pennsylvania to live with her family for the summer before beginning her sophomore year at Syracuse. After months of no leads by police, Sebold spotted her rapist while walking down the sidewalk. He smirked at her and remarked that he knew her "from somewhere" before continuing on. She immediately called the police, who apprehended him.
Among her professors at the time was Tess Gallagher, who became one of Sebold's confidantes.  Tess accompanied Sebold to several legal proceedings. Also among her professors were Ray Carver, Tobias Wolff and Hayden Carruth.
During a lineup, Sebold failed to correctly identify her assailant due to the fact that he brought a friend with him who looked exactly like him in order to confuse her and he intimidates her. Finally, he is arrested again and tried for her rape. After he is convicted, Sebold's off-campus apartment is broken into and her roommate is raped. Though no connection to Sebold's rape case was ever proven, she felt that it was retaliation for her rapist being locked up. Her roommate looked at a photo lineup but ultimately decided not to pursue any further legal action.