A Virginia college assistant professor who argued it wasn’t essentially immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to children has agreed to resign after going through intense backlash.
Old Dominion University revealed in a statement Wednesday that Allyn Walker, 34, will likely be stepping down as an assistant professor of sociology and legal justice.
Walker was positioned on administrative depart on Nov. 16 after a firestorm erupted over the educator’s controversial argument that pedophile’s ought to be referred to as “minor-attracted persons.”
The assistant professor, who is transgender and makes use of the pronouns they/them, will stay on depart till their contract expires in May subsequent year.
The college had been going through calls to hearth Walker after the educator made the remark earlier this month whereas discussing their analysis in an interview with the Prostasia Foundation, a San Francisco-based little one safety group.
Walker insisted it it was essential to use the time period “minor-attracted persons” as a substitute of “pedophile” as a result of it’s much less stigmatizing.
Critics, nonetheless, argued that Walker’s terminology destigmatized intercourse offenders.
An on-line petition calling for Walker’s removing had gained greater than 14,000 signatures as of Wednesday.
In the assertion asserting Walker’s resignation, the assistant professor insisted the analysis was supposed to stop little one sexual abuse and higher perceive would-be intercourse offenders.
“That research was mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly on the basis of my trans identity,” Walker stated. “As a result, multiple threats were made against me and the campus community generally.”
The college’s president, Brian O. Hemphill, described Walker stepping down as the “best way to move forward.”
Walker, who has written a ebook titled “A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity”, had earlier acknowledged that the usage of the time period “minor-attracted persons” suggests to some that it’s OK to be attracted to kids.
But they stated that labeling anybody wholly by their sexual wishes doesn’t point out something about their morality.
“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,” Walker stated.
“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.”
Walker stated little one intercourse abuse is “never, ever OK,” however that having sexual urges towards kids isn’t essentially fallacious — as lengthy as these carnal wishes aren’t acted upon.