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  • n. A form of non-rapid eye movement parasomnia that causes people to engage in various sexual acts while they are asleep.


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  • 7:20 am – that's ridiculous!

    April 14, 2009

  • Sorry, c_b, obviously my sarcasm wasn't showing.

    May 13, 2008

  • Uhh... I think it must have been without the woman's consent.

    May 12, 2008

  • The disturbing thing about this story in my mind is how he could be have been expected to give his consent anyway if he was asleep.

    May 12, 2008

  • "A man who may have suffered sexsomnia, which caused him to have sex with a woman while he was asleep, has been found not guilty of rape. Leonard Andrew Spencer, 48, was accused of gross indecency and sexual intercourse without consent.

    The NT Supreme Court heard this week he entered the bedroom of a guest at his home in Nhulunbuy in Arnhem Land in the early morning of June 2 last year. The court heard Mr Spencer went into the room about 7.20am and hopped into the woman's bed.

    His lawyer, Jon Tippett QC, argued he was asleep at the time and there was not enough evidence to suggest a sexual assault took place. Mr Spencer was adamanant he was innocent, saying he had no recollection of the event.

    Psychiatrist Lester Walton told the court via video-link that Mr Spencer may have suffered the condition 'sex-sleep'. Dr Walton said memory loss was 'a hallmark of somnambulist behaviour', which was 'better known as sleepwalking but includes sleeptalking and a range of other activities.'"

    - 'Sleepwalker Not Guilty Of Sex Attack', Rebekah Cavanagh in NT News, 10 May 2008.

    May 12, 2008