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Somnophilia (from Latin "somnus" = sleep and Greek φιλία, "-philia" = love) is a paraphilia in which sexual arousal or orgasm are intruded on a sleeping person by having sexual contact with them.[1] Some signs or symptoms that may point to somnophilia include recurring thoughts regarding unconscious or sleeping persons and feeling sexual urges when in contact with or in the proximity of them.[2] There are possible treatments of somnophilia such as hypnosis, behavioral therapy and 12-step programs designed to terminate the behavior. While treatment is available, a somnophiliac may not seek it unless the behavior becomes destructive, problematic, or becomes a legal issue.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Flora, Rudy (2001). How to Work with Sex Offenders: A Handbook for Criminal Justice, Human Service, and Mental Health Professionals. New York: Haworth Clinical Practice Press. p. 92. ISBN 0-7890-1499-8. OCLC 45668958. 
  2. ^ Symptoms of Somnophilia at, June 2014
  3. ^ Treatments for Somnophilia at, June 2014
  4. ^ My boyfriend drugged and raped me for two years, The Daily Mirror, 2 Dec 2012. Retrieved 2 Dec 2012.