Author(s): Natalie Pearce
The RAW Truth is the story of two sisters – Annah Stretton and Rebecca Skilton – who chose to immerse themselves in the lives of a group of women who came from a very different world to their own; a world filled with hardship, abuse, crime, under-education and unemployment. They dared to believe that a life of crime could become a life of promise with right amount of support and heart and set up a charity called RAW to make that happen.
This book charts their journey, and those of the women who chose to join them, and serves as a powerful reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit, and the ability to defy the odds when hope walks into the room.
“This is a book like few others I have read in the past decade or more. Superbly illustrated, and told with no apologies for all the horrible realities it reveals, it is one hell of a read.” --Kingsley Field
'Reading this book is like following a river of love and its story is both beautiful and profound; combining deep tradition with completely futuristic models of thinking and approaches to personal change. However, it is also hard, and perhaps this is its greatest gift. These women’s lives are not edited for acceptability or politeness. They are as they are, and prison is as it is. In this time of justice reform, my hope is that this book becomes part of a conversation about how we re-create prisons from circuit-breaker to a place of healing, recovering, dreaming and preparing for a new life.' -- VIVIEN MAIDABORN Chairperson, RAW Governance Board
'The RAW Truth, by Natalie Pearce, is a gritty and honest account of the work of the RAW foundation. RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) was set up by fashion designer Annah Stretton, and mental health nurse Rebecca Skilton in 2013. RAW is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it’s the best thing New Zealand has at the moment to solve a massive problem that most of us either don’t know about or pretend doesn’t exist. The RAW Truth will shock, and possibly appall some readers. It will also introduce you to a group in society that slowly, one woman at a time, finally has hope for the future.' -- Morrinsville News