A college professor in Virginia has announced plans to retire after protecting pedophiles.
Allin Walker, a professor at Old Dominion University (ODU), wrote a book in which she called pedophiles “people with little attraction” and detailed their “pursuit of dignity.”
Walker, who identifies as non-binary, told the Protasia Foundation earlier this month that there are “many misconceptions about attraction to minors,” and stated that attraction to children is not immoral as long as people do not sexually abuse them. … The professor also said that the descriptor “people of little interest” is a “less stigmatizing term” than pedophiles.
Walker’s remarks drew widespread criticism, but initially the university preferred to defend the professor.
“The academic community plays an important role in the pursuit of knowledge. An important part of this is the willingness to take into account scientific and other empirical evidence, which may include controversial issues and points of view, ”the school said on November 13.
However, due to increased pressure on the professor, the university sent the professor on leave last week.
“I want to say in the strongest terms that child sexual abuse is morally wrong and has no place in our society,” ODU President Brian Hemphill said then in a statement. “This is a difficult time for our university, but I am confident that we will unite and move forward as the Monarch family.”
A new statement on November 24 says Walker has decided to retire when the professor’s contract expires in May 2022.
According to the university, Walker will remain on vacation until then.
“We found that this is the best way to move forward,” Hemphill said. “We hope that today’s event will help put an end to our Monarch family. As we move forward, I encourage all members of the Monarch family to continue our efforts towards healing and civic discourse. ”
In a statement released by the school, Walker said the work with pedophiles is aimed at preventing child sexual abuse and argued that it was misrepresented by outside parties.
“This study has been mischaracterized by some in the media and on the Internet, in part because of my trans identity. As a result, there have been numerous threats against me and the community on campus as a whole, ”Walker said.
The students told the media that they were shocked that they sympathized with pedophiles.
“I am confused and disappointed that a person with such convictions would even be allowed to get a job on our campus, where children often communicate,” junior student Grant Rimmer told the Daily Mail.
“It’s okay to research, it’s okay to find out this information. It is not good to sympathize and invent a term to hide what pedophilia is, ”another student Geni Pyatovski told WAVY.