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Prepare a ayahuasca and chakrona syrup before a treatment session in Peru
</figure><p>About half an hour or so after the ritual begins, the drink begins to take effect and the spiritual healer begins to sing and chant hymns, known as "Icarus", which guide participants through what they see. Usually, ritual participants reach the stage of purification through vomiting or diarrhea.
When Rebecca first went to the resort, she was the only woman there, and she noticed that the therapist was giving her special attention.
“The way he treated me was completely different, but I did not feel suspicious at the time, but when I think now, I am suspicious,” she says.
A year later, Rebecca returned to the same place in Peru after she became more experienced in drinking ayahuasca, and the spiritual healer himself was still leading those celebrations.
And she says, once again, she was treated differently from anyone else. There was a lot of flattery. Then the therapist set out to tell her.
She says, “He continued to tell me that he had many problems, and he said that he was having problems with his wife, that she had not fulfilled her sexual duties towards him, and that I was the one who could meet his sexual needs.”
Rebecca was then twenty years old, and the therapist was in her 50s.
“He also promised me to give me a lot of spiritual strength and sessions if I accepted to have a relationship with him while his relationship with his wife still exists.”
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Rebecca says the therapist forced her to have sex with him and sexually abused her.
“It is disgusting because he was a spiritual healer,” I thought, morally better than others, and that was the reason I trusted him, “says Rebecca.
After being assaulted, Rebecca left that place and the entire country: “I booked a trip and got out of that hell.”
She left the country with painful memories and feelings. “Disgust, disgust, frustration, confusion, and above that the question she had was why a spiritual healer was doing this, why was the teacher doing this and why were they taking advantage of their position in this way.”
The shaman who assaulted Rebecca on his website still heads the healers at the five-star resort on ratings websites.
“It is still there … and there are other centers that I know and are still working in, in which several women have been sexually assaulted,” says Rebecca, with anger and her hands shaken.
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Sexual assault experiences are widespread and we have heard many allegations against many therapists and have read numerous testimonies about sexual assaults in Internet forums.
One of the names that is repeatedly repeated is Gallermo Arevalo, a well-known therapist honored by the House of Representatives of Peru for his role in achieving sustainable development.
A woman in her forties, we call her here Anna, says he has “visited Canada several times.”
“Big and very profitable parties were held, the stands were filling up quickly, the cost of meeting Galermo was 300 Canadian dollars. He had social status. It was an honor for me to sit beside him at a party.”
Anna, who had long been interested in alternative medicine, was hoping that the ayahuasca sessions would help her treat heroin addiction.
At first she was a fan of Galermo. And, like many people, Anna was amazed by the presence he enjoyed and leading the party. He was enchanted by the attendance.
“He is a good healer,” said the audience.
But a session seven years ago changed Anna’s opinion radically.