American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 181-200

First online:

Women’s hostility toward women in rape trials: Testing the intra-female gender hostility thesis

  • John Stuart BatchelderAffiliated withDepartment of Political Science and Criminal Justice, North Georgia College and University Email author 
  • , Douglas D. KoskiAffiliated withNational Center for the Advanced Study of Social Forces
  • , Ferris R. ByxbeAffiliated withSul Ross State University - Rio Grande College

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This study examined the intra-female gender hostility hypothesis in rape trials. The relationship between the dependent variable, verdict, and a number of juror characteristics was examined among volunteer mock jurors. Each mock jury deliberated to verdict after reading one of three versions of a scripted consent-defense rape case. The study also examined the extent that gender predicts a guilty verdict among jurors in rape cases using logistic regression analysis. The results showed that gender had a statistically significant effect on juror verdicts and significantly contributed to the ability to predict a juror’s decision.