Since pedophiles don’t “choose” who they’re attracted to, that attraction should not be looked at as “immoral,” Allyn Walker wrote.
The university professor who defended pedophiles, claiming they should be called “minor-attracted persons,” has resigned after a public outcry.
Dr. Allyn Walker, 34, who uses pronouns they/them, had been placed on leave by Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., last week following the release of their book calling for a new paradigm for pedophiles.
But the blowback was fast and furious, with 15,000 signing an online petition calling for the sociology and criminal justice professor to get the boot after suggesting pedophiles should not be stigmatized for their sickening urges.
Walker called them MAPS, or minor-attracted persons, and suggested child-like sex dolls could keep their philia at bay.
In their book, Long Dark Shadow: Minor Attracted People and their Pursuit of Dignity, Walker wrote: “A lot of people when they hear the word pedophile, they automatically assume that means sex offender. That isn’t true. And it leads to a lot of misconceptions.”
Since pedophiles don’t “choose” who they’re attracted to, that attraction should not be looked at as “immoral,” the professor wrote.
While Walker stated that “child sexual abuse is never ever OK,” pedophiles desperately need help and may never act on their twisted desires.
Students were outraged, describing the academic as an apologist for pedophiles. Even the university’s own Trans Advisory Board called Walker’s views “reprehensible” and not the views of the trans community.
Earlier this month, Walker was placed on leave and will stay on administrative leave until their contract expires in May. They said their research was “mischaracterized.”