A university professor has sparked outrage after stating that it is not immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to children and says pedophiles should be called “people attracted to minors”.
Allyn Walker, who is transgender and teaches sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University in Virginia, has written a controversial book that attempts to destigmatize pedophilia entitled A Long Dark Shadow: A Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity.
An online petition calling for Walker’s dismissal drew thousands of signatures as of Tuesday, and current college students described his comments as “gross” and “strange.” Since it was launched three days ago, the teacher has deleted his Twitter account.
But Old Dominion has so far rejected the outcry to remove the teacher, only distancing himself from the comments and saying he “does not endorse or promote crimes against children.”
An Old Dominion alumnus said he was “disgusted” by the university’s response to “protecting someone who is an advocate for pedophiles.”
So far, the Change.org petition calling for Walker’s removal from school staff has garnered about 3,000 signatures. “Pedophiles don’t deserve sympathy or a platform of any kind,” petition advocate Kimberly Price wrote.
“They thrive on power structures. Giving them the opportunity to be seen and heard will only endanger more children. This person does not deserve to be taught if these are their ideals.”
Walker, who uses the pronouns they / they, had said in an online interview with the Prostasia Foundation, a child protection organization: “Many people when they hear the term ‘pedophile’ automatically assume that it means a sex offender. And that’s not true. .
“And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions towards minors.
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Allyn Walker, a transgender professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia, has written a controversial book that attempts to destigmatize pedophilia entitled A Long Dark Shadow: A Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity.
Nearly 3,000 people signed a petition for the dismissal of Allyn Walker from Old Dominion University staff after the assistant professor, who teaches sociology and criminal justice, promoted her book calling for the destigmatization of pedophilia in an interview.
Allyn Walker was outraged after claiming that it is not immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to children (photo during an interview with the Prostasia Foundation, a child protection organization)
So far, a Change.org petition calling for Walker’s removal from school staff has garnered nearly 3,000 signatures.
Since the petition to remove Walker from Old Dominion staff was launched three days ago, the professor has deleted his Twitter account
“From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality linked to attraction by anyone because no one can control at all who feels attracted.
“In other words, it’s not who attracts us that’s right or wrong. It’s our behaviors in responding to that attraction that are right or wrong.”
Walker clarified that child sexual abuse is “never, never okay,” but said sexual impulses toward minors are not necessarily immoral, as long as no action is taken on them.
Walker wrote a book to try to destigmatize pedophilia entitled A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity
They said the term “people attracted to minors” or MAPs will help destigmatize people who don’t act on their impulses.
They continued: “We have a tendency to want to classify people with these attractions as evil or morally corrupt.
“But when we talk about non-offensive MAPs, these are people who have an attraction they didn’t ask for.
“So their behaviors are moral. But they continue to be subjected to this same idea that they are bad people and they have often internalized it for themselves.”
Walker’s comments had a big reaction after being shared on social media.
“We don’t need to change the‘ terminology ’of pedophiles, read Dr. Walker’s book, or receive lessons on how to give‘ dignity to pedophiles, ’” said Mikiah Everett, who identified himself as a former ODU student in Dr. Walker’s expulsion petition. .
“I am disgusted by his response to protect someone who is an advocate of pedophiles and is affiliated with the organization Prostasia (a group advocating for pedophilia under the guise of a child protection organization). Dr. Walker crossed a line and dressed in slang. academic.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz also entered the debate, saying, ‘Holy c ***. What the hell is wrong with ODU?
The professor issued a statement on Saturday along with Old Dominion University to clarify the controversial observations.
Walker said: “I want to be clear: child sexual abuse is an inexcusable crime.
“As an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, the goal of my research is to prevent crime.
“I embarked on this research in hopes of understanding a group that has not previously been studied to identify ways to protect children.”
“Pedophiles don’t deserve sympathy or a platform of any kind,” petition advocate Kimberly Price wrote.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz entered the debate, saying, ‘Holy c ***. What the hell is wrong with ODU?
Walker clarified that child sexual abuse is “never, never okay,” but said sexual impulses toward minors are not necessarily immoral.
The faculty (pictured) has since distanced itself from the comments, saying it “does not endorse or promote crimes against children.”
The teacher said they counseled victims of sexual violence, which had helped them form their opinions.
But college officials distanced themselves from the comments.
They said: “Following recent activity on social media and direct dissemination to the institution, it is important to share that Old Dominion, as a supportive and inclusive community, does not endorse or promote crimes against children or any form of criminal activity.”
Walker has been teaching in college since 2019 and some students said they were worried about the comments.
Jaelan Jackson told WTKR: “Honestly, it just sounds disgusting. Just because you’re not acting on it, recognizing it is weird and it’s not okay. It’s awkward to know someone like that is on campus.
Jonathan Mukmuye added, “I don’t think it’s badly reflected in school, but I find it weird that we have a teacher who thinks that.”