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libertygrl
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Posted 01/26/13 - 11:35 PM:
Subject: Sexsomnia
Another legal discussion for you folks to consider. In case you've never heard of sexsomnia, apparently it's a medical condition which causes people to engage in sexual acts while they're asleep. Like sleepwalking, only they're having sex (or trying to). Apparently there have been a number of well-publicized cases in which sexsomniacs are acquitted of sexual assault charges for obviously being unable to control their behavior while they're asleep.

It seems weird to me. I mean, an insanity defense can be used in any number of cases in which the defendant claims not to be responsible for their actions due to a psychiatric condition. And even with the insanity defense, the defendant can still be committed to an institution for the criminally insane. But sexsomnia is not a psychiatric condition and not a form of insanity. So apparently, once the condition can be medically confirmed, sexual assault charges are typically dropped.

Not sure the rationale behind locking up the criminally insane but not sexsomniacs? Any thoughts?
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Posted 01/27/13 - 2:33 AM:

All you have to do is wake them up.

I'd love see this behavior up close and make my own judgment. I wonder if they discriminate between sexes. Sex seeking somnambulists are partially awake if they can navigate in the dark and decide whom to molest.
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Posted 01/28/13 - 12:12 PM:

I learned about it from an episode of "Law & Order: SVU". In the episode, a man tried to rape his wife's sister who was alone in the house while his wife was away. As soon as it was revealed that the man was a sexsomniac, the prosecutor dropped the charges. I guess if you're living with someone who's a known sexsomniac, you can always try waking them up, but knowing is the key - I mean, if you're staying at the house & didn't know about their condition, I don't know if the person being assaulted would think "oh, maybe they're sleeping"? I think the somniac's eyes are open while it's happening.

Anyway, not to say I think they *should* be locked up (per se) but I was curious what the logic behind it was. Waking them up does seem an easy enough solution for anyone who knows about it beforehand. I wonder if sexsomniacs take precautions to make it difficult for them to leave their house while they're sleeping. Special locks on the doors etc.

I had an episode of sleepwalking once when I was a teenager. We were staying at a hotel in Belgium. I had a dream that I had gotten up in the middle of the night. I walked out of my hotel room and into the hallway. I got in the elevator and went down a couple of floors. I stopped at the public restroom and used it. I took the stairs back up to my room. Tried go back into the room but the doorknob was locked. That's what woke me up. It was a very peculiar experience because it felt like a dream and if I had made it back into the room, I would have woken up the next morning thinking it was all a dream.

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Posted 01/29/13 - 2:27 PM:

Sexsomnia = (more) hooey.

Crap.

Horseshit.

Lies, damnable lies.

When I was little: I had night terrors (running from snow that came through a clock on my bedroom wall)...rather large difference, I think, between that and a kind of active, somnambulistic, randiness.
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