Child Sex Abuse Center Hires Trans Professor Who Says Pedophilia Is ‘Not Immoral’

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Johns Hopkins University has announced that a professor who defends pedophilia, claiming it is not immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to children, will be accepting a role within its child sexual abuse prevention center.

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John Hopkins’ Moore Center for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse aims to change the way “people view child sexual abuse” and announced on Twitter Thursday that former Old Dominion University (ODU) professor Allyn Walker will be joining as a postdoctoral fellow on May 25. Walker earned national attention in November over his disturbing claims about adults who are attracted to children.

ODU placed Walker on immediate administrative leave on Nov. 16 due to the negative backlash” from the university community. On Nov. 25, ODU announced Walker would be stepping down from his position.

In his book, “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” Walker challenges “widespread assumptions that persons who are preferentially attracted to minors—often referred to as ‘pedophiles’” and looks at 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,” according to Walker.

From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality attached to attraction to anyone because no one can control who they’re attracted to at all,” Walker said in a November interview with the Prostasia Foundation. “In other words, it’s not who we’re attracted to that’s either okay or not okay. It’s our behaviors and responding to that attraction that are either okay or not okay.”

Allyn Walker has dedicated his career to “distigmatizing pedophilia”

The center defended its decision to hire Walker, calling him a “leader in the field of perpetration prevention research, which is essential for developing a comprehensive public health approach to addressing child sexual abuse and effective prevention programs.”

The Moore Center aims to change the way “people view child sexual abuse” through its mission of “supporting and conducting interdisciplinary research, educating and training students and professionals, providing objective information to policymakers and the media, and partnering with organizations,” according to its website.

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