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Professor Claims Sexual Attraction To Children Isn’t Always ‘Immoral’

A Virginia university professor has been forced to resign over controversial statements they made regarding pedophilia. Dr. Allyn Walker, who served as an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University, held an interview with a child protection organization known as the Protasia Foundation in which they stated that pedophilia should be de-stigmatized and that attraction to children isn’t always “immoral.”

Walker has written a book on the topic. Walker, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, is the author of A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity. They believe that instead of calling those who are attracted to children “pedophiles,” the term “minor-attracted person” is kinder and fairer.

Not all MAPs act on their feelings. Walker believes that not all people who are sexually attracted to young children are “immoral” because not all of them act on those feelings. “From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality attached to attraction to anyone because no one can control who they’re attracted to at all. In other words, it’s not who we’re attracted to that’s either OK or not OK. It’s our behaviors in responding to that attraction that are either OK or not OK,” they explained.

Walker’s comments immediately sparked outrage. After the footage began circulating online, Walker faced intense backlash from people who felt they were trying to justify or normalize pedophilia. Initially, the university defended Walker’s comments as part of a “quest for knowledge,” though they were later placed on leave.

They have since resigned from their position. They say that they received multiple threats to their life and argued that their points made in the interview had been “mischaracterized.” A petition had been launched to have Walker fired from their position, with over 15,000 people signing and saying that pedophilia “should not be considered a sexual preference.”

Walker insists they’re not downplaying or excusing child sexual abuse. The preface to their book reads: “I worry that my readers will somehow think that I am downplaying sexual abuse against children or that I am even trying to normalize it. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

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