Professor In Support Of ‘Minor Attracted Persons’ Officially Placed On Leave

Just a few days in the wake of an Old Dominion University (ODU) assistant professor giving an interview trying to normalize the use of the phrase “minor-attracted persons” as a more politically correct version of the word pedophile, the school has officially put the aforementioned assistant professor on forced leave.

Back on the 8th of November in an interview with the Protasia Foundation, Dr. Allyn Walker, who identifies themselves as non-binary, put forth a case for the idea of using the term “minor-attracted persons.”

“It’s less stigmatizing than other terms like pedophile,” Walker stated during the interview, as reported by Fox News. “A lot of people when they hear the term pedophile, they automatically assume that it means a sex offender. And that isn’t true. And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions toward minors.”

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The interview was originally about Walker’s book, “A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” which Walker continually stated was not a defense of any form of child sexual abuse.

In the interview, Walker went on to state that it is “never OK to abuse a child.” Walker also made the point in another statement that was released by ODU.

“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. My work is informed by my past experience and advocacy as a social worker counseling victims. I embarked on this research in hopes of gaining understanding of a group that, previously, has not been studied in order to identify ways to protect children,” stated Walker.

The entire interview only managed to inflame people online and on-campus, creating outrage that eventually resulted in ODU putting out a release that condemned Walker and their comments and research.

“Old Dominion University has placed Dr. Allyn Walker on administrative leave, effective immediately, from their position as assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice,” stated Amber Kennedy, a spokesperson for the university, in a release this past Tuesday.

“Reactions to Dr. Walker’s research and book have led to concerns for their safety and that of the campus,” Kennedy went on to add. “Furthermore, 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.”

Additionally, the president of ODU, Brian O. Hemphill, put forth a statement.

“I want to state in the strongest terms possible that child sexual abuse is morally wrong and has no place in our society,” stated Hemphill. “This is a challenging time for our University, but I am confident that we will come together and move forward as a Monarch family.”

Groups of students at the university were appalled by the interview. President of ODU’s College Republicans, Andrew Lambakis, stated to WVEC, a local outlet, that he was “was very surprised and shocked. I actually didn’t believe it until I saw it on Twitter.”

“I’m actually thinking about planning a peaceful protest against Allyn Walker,” He went on to add.

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