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.

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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