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Million-copy bestselling author Cathy Glass tells the story of Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn’s outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.

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Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family

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Overview

Million-copy bestselling author Cathy Glass tells the story of Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn’s outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.

During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy’s baby’s cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks – which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it’s not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past.

When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn’s mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviews for ‘Damaged’:

'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net

‘Heartbreaking.' The Mirror

‘A truly harrowing read that made me cry.’ The Sun

'A true tale of hope. ****.' OK!

‘Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass’s book should change all that.****’ First Magazine

‘A hugely touching and emotional true tale.’ Star Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007280995
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 172,479
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    I find it very offensive that the author capitalizes on her expe

    I find it very offensive that the author capitalizes on her experiences as a foster mother.  As a former foster child who suffered severe abuse at the hands of my own father and subsequent foster parents...I would urge all of the readers to imagine what these children might feel about having their pain put on display for all the world to see.  Cathy Glass disgusts me. 

    26 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    Many feel that Cathy Glass shouldn't profit off these foster chi

    Many feel that Cathy Glass shouldn't profit off these foster children. As a former foster child I have no problem with it. These are TRUE stories of what happens to children out there. If there are those that are to short sighted to relieze this, they need to wake up. Cathy Glass is trying to show the world the dark side of the truth. The only way to make a change, and protect children, is to show what can and does happen. Hurrah for her to write about something that makes people uncomfortable in an effort to educate.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    To each their own

    I think even though some people may believe that some of these stories are exaggerated or made up or that Cathy Glass is exploiting the tales of these abused kids is sad. The point is people is that shes shinning a light on a dark subject so to each their own with opinions. The book like the others is heartbreaking but you cant help feel a sense of hope for these children.

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Touching and Thougtful

    While the first twenty pages can, quite frankly, be off-putting,- due to the author's lack of supreme writing ability, I must say the honesty of the portrayal of "Dawn" in this book quite makes up for everything. I found myself coalescing through the oncoming pages with exponential rapidity, towards the end. This book is short, and not sweet. But, it is a work of non-fiction, and makes one think. It screams of life, and the many paths it can take...

    15 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Loved it

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It hurts to see so many negative comments regarding Cathy Glass' motives. Your rating should be on the quality of the book, not what you think the author's intentions were. She writes these books to share the stories of the children, and to encourage people to foster a child to better its life. What people dont realize is that Cathy Glass is a pen name, and all the names in the book have been changed to protect privacy. Just because alot of the book sounds like something that no one would want to deal with, that doesnt mean it didnt happen. Believe it or not, there people in this world who lovea child to the point that they would stick by them through every hardship. I recommend this book very much, and can't wait to read her other books.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

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    I agree with Dec. 10th review that Cathy Glass should not profit from sombody eleses pain. Was this story exaggerated. I would think so. It would take some very extremely committed people to be able to foster a child so damaged and to cause so much uphevel in their lives, especially with a newborn to care for. This girl did not belong in foster care, she needed to be institutionalized, where she would be in the care of professionals. Cathy Glass came across as portraying herself as a heroine. No normal family would put up with so much disasters coming from a thirteen year old, who clearly was so out of control.

    9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Disgust

    Why abuse the abused again? The only reason i can see is to expose your books. I read it and believed you made up most of it.

    9 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Amazing

    It is an amazing book that will make you cry i would recomend it to everyone it toutches the heart

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

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    Parents have a high calling and this book demonstrates the need

    Parents have a high calling and this book demonstrates the need all the more as it draws our attention to NSSI/SIB more commonly known as "cutting". You most likely know a cutter! All of Cathy's books should be read by anyone considering becoming a foster parent, because they allow readers to see the dedication that is required, how they may have to fight "the system," and finally, how those who can handle the stress can help a child turn their lives around. In "Cut," Cathy tells the story of one 13 year old who had a past that created such severe problems in her that the child could be considered unsafe in a "normal" home. The way Cathy and her husband stuck it out and worked with this child is amazing. Cathy does an amazing job of telling the story in such a way that the reader can feel the severe pressure of all involved - the family, the child, the social workers, etc. I felt for Cathy, sympathizing with her desire to provide Dawn the loving, stable environment the girl desperately needed, but unable to overcome a broken system and even more broken girl. I was frustrated for her, John, and Barbara. I felt each of them wanted what was best for Dawn, even Barbara, in her own flawed way. But the system, meant to help threatened and disadvantaged children, seemed to do more harm than good. My heart broke for Dawn, and the more Cathy revealed about her past, the more I hoped she would somehow be able to turn it all around and claim the happy life she deserved.     

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    I have read several of her books and can't put them down.  She i

    I have read several of her books and can't put them down.  She is an amazing foster 
    Parent.  Some of these kids are mentally ill and scary I could not do it.  The stories are
    Horrific.  I do find Cathy to be a bit smug though.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Could not put down

    Cathys writing is superb

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    Good read

    This was a good book. Really makes you wonder how someone could abuse a child so bad that they would have to cut themselves. Glad to see that it did have a good ending.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    I think this was an intriguing and ultimately hopeful story abou

    I think this was an intriguing and ultimately hopeful story about a little girl that had been abused and how the caregiver, "Cathy Glass," was able to love her back to normality and perhaps even some happiness.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    I found some of it difficult to read, there were many spelling a

    I found some of it difficult to read, there were many spelling and or grammatical errors in the book and I had to read over several times to understand. The story was sad but I believe the author has a good heart, and good intentions to help the children that come to her. I do not believe writing about the experiences of the fostering of these children while protecting their identity is a bad thing. Shedding light on the ills of society is not a bad thing. Not talking about abuse does not make it go away, as history has proven. The way children internalize, self loathe and carry guilt because they believe it is their fault happens and they usually self-medicate. The editor failed the author, and the story has some drawn out parts that really are inconsequential to the story.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who is disturbed by Cathy Glass an

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who is disturbed by Cathy Glass and her need to profit from the horrific lives of children she fostered. I bought Damaged and read most of it. I was embarrassed reading it and I felt guilty for it. She writes as though she is very proud of herself and has so much more wisdom than Child Services. I have a few questions if all this is actual fact.
    Did she work or did she earn her money by taking in more and more fosters. Seems that she never went anywhere during the day in the story I read.
    Does she think, 'wow this will be a good book' when she takes in a foster child? Or is she really doing this out of the goodness of her heart.
    Her book left me questioning her motives.
    I hope my $2.99 went to a non-profit organization to help abused children but somehow I doubt it.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Wow!

    That is freakin' amazing

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Ppl who say this disgusts them.....

    Really....this disgust you. This is the world we live in stuff like this actually happens so why not write about the truth? As a foster child abused and molested by my own dad i can understand. That happened for over six years and im only thirteen now. Social services had been in my familys life for as long as i can remember and they just kept screwing things up not once did anything become clear or better for me. My mom, dad, and three brother plus me still lived in our car and motels. When i finally told someone their way of "making everything better" was taking me from my mom and brothers i havnt seen or talked to my mom in over six months and i havnt talked to my brothers in about a month. so i think its grest someone is writing about something whether it may disgust you or not......maybe it could actually change something. Maybe their really is hope.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    So glad I read this.

    It makes you feel as if they are your best friends and you always want to keep in touch to see how they are doing. Love this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Boring

    The author just kept dragging on....found myself skipping pages. Wouldnt read another cathy glass book

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    A truly heartbreaking book filled with stories of abuse and of s

    A truly heartbreaking book filled with stories of abuse and of survival.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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