Britta Love, MA

Increasing awareness of sexual abuse and exploitation by ayahuasqueros and other healers has been disconcerting for the psychedelic community, where “shamans” are often idealized and romanticized. But sexual harm by healers and others in positions of power is ubiquitous in patriarchal cultures around the globe. What the rising awareness of sexual abuse in the ayahuasca community really illuminates is that those different cultural spaces and healers are no safer than those of Western contexts, where 7-12% of mental health professionals self-report boundary violations of erotic contact with clients — a number it is safe to assume is much higher in reality… continue reading.

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