Recently, several authors have argued that equal protection for rape victims is not currently offered in the courts because the

consequences of a rape trial are often influenced by the characteristics of some victims, defendants, and rape cases. By systematically combining factors such as defendant and victim race, victim physical attraction, victim

sexual experience, strength of evidence presented, and type of rape performed in a legal rape case, the current study examined the effects of these factors on jury verdicts sought to .

Data collected from a sample of 896 civilians working as fake jurors in the rape case indicated that these extraordinary factors had a significant effect. Furthermore, it was found that the factors did not act independently because several significant interactions were identified. These interactions suggested that the influence of extrajudicial factors on the decisions of jurors is more complex than some authors and law reformers think. The implications of the findings are discussed in the context of the discriminatory behavior of plaintiffs and defendants in rape cases and the role of jury selection in introducing “fairness” in rape lawsuits.

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