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Man Rapes in his Sleep

Sexsomniac on Trial

When it comes to rape, there's no excuse, right? Then what about the Swedish man whose alleged defence case alleges that he was asleep during the crime which took place in June.

The 27-year-old cited a history of sexsomnia in his testimony. Sexsomnia is a rare medical condition in which people do the dirty while sound asleep, with no recollection the next day. Sounds convenient, but is it actually true in this man's case?

After a boozy night in the village of Vihelmina, the plaintiff and defendant had both fallen asleep when he raped her.  He claims to have woken only when she started pushing him. Apparently, just like this guy, he had a long history of "somnambulating sexual assault" against his girlfriend who would recount how she spent the night fending him off. Sounds exhausting and not especially gratifying, either.

It's actually not the first time sexsomoniacs have hit the stand. In 2007, a 38-year-old man was acquitted after being accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl. Just last year, another (man) accused of raping a sleeping woman got off with the sleep defence.

Do you think this defence holds solid, or is rape rape?