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November 19, 2021 58 min

Old Dominion professor Allyn Walker — who wrote a book, titled, A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity — has been put on leave after a recent video interview of the professor defending pedophiles went viral on social media.

In the video, Walker explained that he uses the term “Minor-Attracted  Person” or “MAP” when referring to pedophiles in the title and  throughout his book, “because I think it’s important to use terminology  for groups that members of that group want others to use for them.”

The professor added that “MAP advocacy groups” have advocated for use  of the term “primarily because it’s less stigmatizing than other terms  like, ‘pedophile.'”

“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,” Walker added.

The professor also addressed those who say using a term like  “Minor-Attracted Person” suggests that “it’s okay to be attracted to  children,” by arguing that “using a term that communicates who someone  is attracted to doesn’t indicate anything about the morality of that  attraction.”

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