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An academic in Virginia whose research on “minor-attracted people” sparked threats and a petition calling for their removal announced their resignation WednesdaAn academic in Virginia whose research on “minor-attracted people” sparked threats and a petition calling for their removal announced their resignation Wednesda

Virginia professor to step down after backlash to research on 'minor-attracted' people

The Old Dominion University professor who drew criticism after comments that attempted to normalize the phrase “minor-attracted persons” has stepped down from their position as assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at the school.The Old Dominion University professor who drew criticism after comments that attempted to normalize the phrase “minor-attracted persons” has stepped down from their position as assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at the school.

ODU professor resigns after comments on ‘minor-attracted persons’ | Fox News

The book argues that destigmatizing that attraction would allow more people to seek help and develop coping strategies against committing crimes and ultimately prevent child sexual abuse. “That research was mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly on the basis of my trans identity,” Old Dominion University professor Allyn Walker said in a statement. The book's preface cited Walker's time as a social worker who counseled victims of sexual assault, some of whom were children.The book argues that destigmatizing that attraction would allow more people to seek help and develop coping strategies against committing crimes and ultimately prevent child sexual abuse. “That research was mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly on the basis of my trans identity,” Old Dominion University professor Allyn Walker said in a statement. The book's preface cited Walker's time as a social worker who counseled victims of sexual assault, some of whom were children.

Professor who wrote about adults attracted to minors resigns

Allyn Walker, a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University, had faced protests and threats over their work, which some claimed destigmatized pedophilia.Allyn Walker, a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University, had faced protests and threats over their work, which some claimed destigmatized pedophilia.

ODU professor Allyn Walker resigns after ’minor-attracted persons’ research drew ire - The Washington Post

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Dr. Allyn Walker, an Old Dominion University assistant professor who came under fire following a controversial interview where they defended non-offending pedophiles, announced Wednesday that they will step down from their position when their contract expires in May 2022.Dr. Allyn Walker, an Old Dominion University assistant professor who came under fire following a controversial interview where they defended non-offending pedophiles, announced Wednesday that they will step down from their position when their contract expires in May 2022.

Dr. Allyn Walker to step down from ODU after controversial interview defending people attracted to children

Dr. Allyn Walker argued for the use of the term “minor-attracted people" -- or MAPs -- to describe people attracted to children.Dr. Allyn Walker, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, will step down at the end of their contract in May 2022. They'll remain on leave.

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Obviously, while there is a world of difference between consensual acts between two adults of the same sex and the rape of a child by an adult, it is striking that arguments in favor of destigmatizing homosexuality mirror arguments in favor of destigmatizing pedophilia and pederasty.Obviously, while there is a world of difference between consensual acts between two adults of the same sex and the rape of a child by an adult, it is striking that arguments in favor of destigmatizing homosexuality mirror arguments in favor of destigmatizing pedophilia and pederasty.

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An American university professor whose research on pedophilia kicked off a firestorm of controversy, including threats of violence and charges that the academic defended child abuse, is set to resign their position at the school.An American university professor whose research on pedophilia kicked off a firestorm of controversy, including threats of violence and charges that the academic defended child abuse, is set to resign their position at the school.

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The assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice will remain on leave until May 2022, when their contract expires.The assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice will remain on leave until May 2022, when their contract expires.

ODU professor to step down after campus turmoil over pedophilia research - The Virginian-Pilot

Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., placed an assistant professor on administrative leave after the educator said it was not immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to minors in an interview.Allyn Walker, PhD (Screenshot, Prostasia Foundation) Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., placed an assistant professor on administrative leave after the educator said it was not immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to minors in an interview. Assistant professor of criminal justice and sociology at ODU, Allyn Walker, Ph.D., discussed his research on “minor-attracted persons” on Nov. 8 with the Prostasia Foundation, a child protection organization that focuses on human and civil rights and sex positivity. “The controversy over Dr. Walker’s research has disrupted the campus and community environment and is interfering with the institution’s mission of teaching and learning,” reads ODU’s statement. “I want to be clear: child sexual abuse is morally wrong and an inexcusable crime,” Walker said in a separate statement. Walker uses the pronoun “they” to refer to himself. (Screenshot) Video clips of Walker’s interview have become viral and drew large amounts of both positive and negative attention on Twitter. Some sociologists expressed support for Walker’s research, while others criticized him for seeming to normalize pedophilia. “Holy crap. What the hell is wrong with Old Dominion University,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tweeted alongside a segment from Walker’s interview. During the controversial interview, Walker described how the stigmatism around minor-attracted persons was misplaced because as long as they don’t act on these attractions, these individuals are doing nothing wrong. “A lot of people, when they hear the term pedophile, they automatically assume that it means a sex offender,” Walker explained. “That isn’t true and it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions towards minors.” A pedophile is defined as “a person who is sexually attracted to children,” according to Oxford Languages. Walker described how using the term pedophile can make this group of people think they are monsters, which causes them to be isolated, and makes them more vulnerable to committing an offense against a minor. “Using a term that communicates who someone is attracted to doesn’t indicate anything about the morality of that attraction,” Walker said. “From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality attached to attraction to anyone because no one can control who they’re attracted to.” "In other words, it’s not who we’re attracted to that’s either okay or not, okay," said Walker. "It’s our behaviors and responding to that attraction that are either okay or not okay. And I want to be extremely clear that child sexual abuse is never ever okay. But having an attraction to minors as long as it isn’t acted on, doesn’t mean that the person who has those attractions is doing something wrong." (Getty Images) Walker continued to explain the majority of minor-attracted persons don’t feel urges or temptations to act on this attraction. However, there are strategies they can take, if they believe they may engage in offensive behavior. MAPs can attend therapy with someone who understands the nature of this attraction, rely on friends or family to keep them accountable when they’re around children, or avoid situations where minors will be present. “These are people who have an attraction that they didn’t ask for and, frequently, they would give anything to change,” Walker said. “But they find that they’re unable to change those attractions.” Prostasia Foundation, the organization that interviewed Walker, deems itself a “new kind of child protection organization.” Prostasia advocates for sex positivity, kink awareness, sex worker rights, and sexting law reform--all in the name of protecting children. “The measures we take to combat child sexual abuse (CSA) are less effective than they should be because they are driven by emotion rather than evidence,” Prostasia’s website reads. “In striving to protect children from abuse, we may end up harming them and others.”

Prof Placed on Leave After Saying Sexual Attraction to Minors Is Not Immoral | CNSNews

Old Dominion University said some “reactions” to Allyn Walker’s comments on pedophilia research had led to safety concerns. Old Dominion University said some “reactions” to Allyn Walker’s comments on pedophilia research had led to safety concerns.

Virginia University Sidelines Assistant Professor After Uproar Over Pedophilia Research