ODU professor on leave amid protests over research on pedophilia

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Old Dominion University placed a professor on administrative leave after an uproar over his research into sexually attracted children.

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Running the news: “Dr. Walker’s research and reaction to the book have raised concerns for him and the safety of the campus,” the public university wrote in a statement. Statement On November 16, Professor Elin Walker’s leave is “effective immediately”.

  • Walker, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, disputed his use of the term “moderately-attracted people” in his academic research.
  • Walker in his book, “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity” challenges the beliefs that … sex offenders,” University of California; press writes a book.

students launched an online petition And after learning of his research, they protested on campus for Walker’s removal. The petition has received over 12,000 signatures till Friday afternoon.

  • “The controversy has disrupted the campus and community environment and is interfering with the institute’s teaching and learning mission,” the university said in a statement.
  • University President Brian O. “I want to say in the strongest terms that child sexual abuse is morally wrong and has no place in our society,” Hemphill said.
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walker said Washington Post that his research was misunderstood, saying: “The idea that I am somehow condoning child sexual abuse is absolutely outrageous. I really think this is a coordinated effort about attacking the LGBTQ community.” Is,” said Walker, who is transgender.

  • Walker’s research, he told the Post, “speaks to people who have unwanted attractions and never want to harm a child, but are unable to get the help they want because they are overwhelmed by feedback.” afraid”.
  • Walker did not immediately respond to Nerdshala’ requests for comment.

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