Old Dominion University professor: Being sexually attracted to minors is not ‘immoral’. Adults sexually attracted to kids are not immoral, according to a Virginia University professor, provoking outrage among students.
Allyn Walker, a university professor, authored a book on people who are attracted to minors, a group that he says is misunderstood and needs to be de-stigmatized. Walker is an Old Dominion University assistant professor and the author of “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity.”
According to Walker, his book challenges “widespread assumptions that people who are preferentially attracted to minors—often referred to as ‘pedophiles'” and examines the “lives of non-offending minor-attracted persons (MAPs),” a term used to describe the group because it is less stigmatizing than a word like “pedophile.”
Walker said clearly that abuse should not be condoned in an interview with the Prostasia Foundation, arguing that there is a difference between a sexual desire and acting on that sexual attraction.
“There is no morality or immorality linked to attraction to anyone,” Walker stated in the interview. “No one can control who they’re attracted to at all.” “To put it another way, it’s not who we’re attracted to that determines whether we’re okay or not okay. It’s our reactions and behaviors to that attraction that determine whether we’re okay or not.”
According to its website, the Prostasia Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to child safety and a “evidence-based approach to child sexual abuse prevention with a dedication to human rights and sex positivity.”
“I want to be really clear: child sexual abuse is never, ever acceptable,” Walker added. “However, just because someone feels an interest in kids but doesn’t act on it doesn’t imply they’re doing something bad.”
Walker claims that this group, dubbed non-offending MAPS, has an attraction “they didn’t ask for” and “would do anything to alter.”
Students from Old Dominion spoke to WTKR and questioned Walker’s outrageous remarks while protecting the university. To be honest, that simply sounds disgusting. Just because you’re not acting on it doesn’t mean you don’t recognize that it’s strange and not at all normal.
“Knowing that someone on campus is like that makes me feel uneasy,” Jaelan Jackson said. “I don’t believe that reflects negatively on the school,” Jonathan Mukmuye continued, “but I do think it’s strange that we have a professor who thinks that.” “I believe it has more to do with the individual than it does with the university,” Nick Fehrer added.
Since 2019, Walker has been a professor at Old Dominion University.
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