American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 181–200

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

  • John Stuart Batchelder
  • Douglas D. Koski
  • Ferris R. Byxbe

DOI: 10.1007/BF02885871

Cite this article as:
Batchelder, J.S., Koski, D.D. & Byxbe, F.R. Am J Crim Just (2004) 28: 181. doi:10.1007/BF02885871


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Stuart Batchelder
    • 1
  • Douglas D. Koski
    • 2
  • Ferris R. Byxbe
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Criminal JusticeNorth Georgia College and UniversityDahlonegaGeorgia
  2. 2.National Center for the Advanced Study of Social ForcesUSA
  3. 3.Sul Ross State University - Rio Grande CollegeUSA