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VA: ODU professor on leave amid protests over research on pedophilia

Source: axios.com 11/20/21

Old Dominion University put a professor on administrative leave following an uproar over their research into people who are sexually attracted to children.

Driving the news: “Reactions to Dr. Walker’s research and book have led to concerns for their safety and that of the campus,” the public university wrote in a statement on Nov. 16, adding that Professor Allyn Walker’s leave is “effective immediately.”

  • Walker, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, sparked controversy over the use of the term “minor-attracted people” in their academic research.
  • Walker in their book, “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” challenges “assumptions that persons who are … attracted to minors — often referred to as ‘pedophiles’ — are necessarily also predators and sex offenders,” the University of California Press writes of the book.

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