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This article was published 7/2/2008 (3180 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Does anyone out there really believe a person could sleepwalk their way through a sexual assault?That's the bizarre defence a Toronto-area man successfully used to avoid criminal responsibility for his attack on a young woman. Now the case is before the Ontario Court of Appeal, where prosecutors are asking for the verdict to be tossed out.According to so-called medical experts, approximately three out of every 100 people are affected sexsomnia.Seriously???I know several hundred people - family, close friends, colleagues and everyday associates - and not a single one of them has such a condition.Many of them snore, I'm sure. Plenty probably talk in their sleep as well.But having sex with an unwilling partner and have absolutely no control over your actions - or memory of it happening? Not a chance.I've become so used to hearing strange excuses for crimes that the sexsomnia defence doesn't even surprise me.But it certainly concerns me. Because as I've previously blogged about, we seem to be living in a time where taking true responsibility for your actions seems to almost never occur.Thoughts? Post 'em below or go to my website at www.mikeoncrime.com
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