Allyn Walker, a former assistant professor at Old Dominion University who is a biological female but identifies as “non-binary,” created a firestorm last November by pushing the term “minor-attracted person” as an alternative to the “stigmatizing” designation of pedophile. Walker, author of a book called “A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” resigned after being put on leave, but has now resurfaced at the Baltimore school’s Moore Center for Prevention of Sexual Abuse.
“We are excited to share that Allyn Walker, PhD, will be joining the Moore Center as a postdoctoral fellow on May 25,” the Moore Center tweeted.
We are excited to share that Allyn Walker, PhD, will be joining the Moore Center as a postdoctoral fellow on May 25.
— Moore Center for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (@MooreCenter_JHU) May 12, 2022
Old Dominion University put Walker on leave last November after an interview Walker gave to the Protasia Foundation to promote the book. In the interview, Walker insisted that the term “minor-attracted persons” was a preferable alternative to pedophile.
“It’s less stigmatizing than other terms like pedophile,” Walker said. “A lot of people when they hear the term pedophile, they automatically assume that it means a sex offender. And that isn’t true. And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions toward minors.”
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— CarlyYouga (@Kali__Yuga__) May 13, 2022
Days later, Walker, 34, released a statement through Old Dominion insisting the effort to remove the stigma from adults who want to have sex with children was not a defense of child sex abuse.
“I want to be clear: child sexual abuse is morally wrong and inexcusable crime,” Walker said in the statement. “As an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, the goal of my research is to prevent crime. My work is informed by my past experience and advocacy as a social worker counseling victims. I embarked on this research in hopes of gaining understanding of a group that, previously, has not been studied in order to identify ways to protect children.”
But the comments, book, and interview sparked outrage online and on campus, eventually resulting in ODU releasing a statement condemning Walker’s comments and research. Students were sickened by Walker’s position and the school put Walker on leave in mid-November.
“I want to state in the strongest terms possible that child sexual abuse is morally wrong and has no place in our society,” ODU President Brian Hemphill said in a statement.
Walker resigned shortly afterward.
Johns Hopkins has been historically intertwined with the transgenderism movement as well as controversial treatment of pedophiles. In the 1960s, the school employed Dr. John Money, a pioneer in sex change research who coined the phrase “gender identity.” The school hosted a clinic run by a Money protégée, Dr. Fred Berlin, that purported to treat child molesters until it was shuttered in 1992 amid criticism over Berlin’s insistence that therapists should not be compelled to report child molesters to the police.