A Virginia professor has been placed on administrative leave after advocating for the term "minor attracted people" in place of pedophile garnered wide-spread criticism.
Old Dominion University said in a statement on Tuesday that Walker's book and academic research on adults attracted to minors “have led to concerns for their safety” and have caused wide-spread disruption, interfering with teaching and learning on campus.
A university spokeswoman confirmed to the Post that there had been death threats against Walker and their family members.
The threats were considered extremely serious by the university and they were provided with armed security while on campus, the spokesperson added.
A Change.org petition titled "Remove Dr. Allyn Walker (‘MAPS’ pedophilia activist) from Old Dominion University Staff" has received 10,550 signatures since it was launched last week.
Walker was discussing the book "A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity" in the interview with child protection organization Protasia Foundation.
“MAP [Minor Attracted People] refers to someone who has preferential attractions to minors, and that can include children who have gone through puberty or not. And child sexual abusers are people who have committed a sexual offense against a child,” Walker said.
“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,” he added.
The interview and subsequent comments went viral after it was shared online by the "Libs of TikTok" Twitter account.
The Hill has reached out to the Old Dominion University and Walker for comment.