Professor who seeks to ‘destigmatize' pedophilia resigns
Added 11-25-21 12:37:02am EST - “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.” - Rt.com
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In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, Virginia’s Old Dominion University said that sociology professor Allyn Walker would step down when their contract expires next May, and that they would remain on leave until that time. The professor, who identifies as transgender, also defended their research in the joint missive, insisting it had been misconstrued by the public.
“My scholarship aims to prevent child sexual abuse,” Walker said, claiming that their work was “mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly on the basis of my trans identity.”
JUST IN: ODU and Dr. Allyn Walker released the statement below, saying Walker will step down in May of 2022. @WAVY_Newspic.twitter.com/doFeYi0mUg
Walker kicked off a major public scandal earlier this year after publishing a book entitled ‘A Long, Dark Shadow.’ Parts of the work attempted to distinguish predators and child sex offenders from so-called “minor-attracted persons” (or MAPs) who do not act on (what Walker posits are) inborn sexual tendencies.
However, in addition to that controversial premise, the book also argued for the need to ‘destigmatize’ MAPs, and discussed their “pursuit for dignity” – a line that appears in the work’s subtitle – creating a massive backlash, including accusations that Walker had defended pedophilia.
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