Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

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by Cathy Glass
     
 

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Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass.From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen…  See more details below

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Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass.From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit.Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie’s future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what – her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

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ISBN-13:
9780007279753
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/19/2009
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HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
50,172
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. 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.

Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.

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Damaged 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 392 reviews.
Starz198710 More than 1 year ago
"Damaged" by Cathy Glass was one of those books that I absolutely could NOT put down. If you "enjoyed" the book "A Child Called It" by Dave Pelzer, then you will love this book as well. It takes a look at the work of Cathy, who has been a foster parent for many years. She is told of a disturbed little girl, Jodie, who has been with 5 different foster homes in the short period of 4 months. Cathy decides that her experience in caring and loving foster children is more than enough to take on this new challenge. Cathy later finds that she is in for more than she bargains for with this little girl. However, Cathy does not give up and earns the trust of Jodie, only to be told bits and pieces of her horrific childhood. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! It is an emotional true story that will leave you with a new respect for foster parents and the good people of the social service system.
Paige74 More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to take in. It is so hard to believe the abuse that goes on outside of my world. This book really brought an uneasy feeling to my stomach because of all the torture and abuse the little girl went through not knowing that it wasn't normal. This was a good read, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone with a soft heart. Cathy Glass is one author that I will read another book from her collections. I just hope they are not all as sad as Damaged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time! I could not put this book down. The author does an exceptional job of painting a picture. You feel like a fly on the wall of this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely sad but kept me reading. It was not boring in the least and I felt the frustration with the system along with Cathy. I expected the ending to be a bit happier but then, life does not always have the happy ending that everyone wants it to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this a book that should be read by every adult alive. Being abused my self I cannot beleive that little children have to go through this and live with this horror forever. This book is heart wrenching, but the way it was written was well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a difficult read because of the subject matter - but it is a story i am glad Cathy told. Child abuse is horrifying and people need to know how serious the damage is for a child that experiences this. And people must know how brokem the system is that is supposed to help these children. God bless Cathy for the work she's done caring for so many kids in need - people like her are the real heroes. The people we should be looking to as role models. My heart breaks for Jodie - but am grateful she,s been saved from the awful life she lived.
ramSM More than 1 year ago
Since I am one of the damaged ones, I can relate to this story. More stories should be told about these little ones who have no voice of their own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping and heart breaking but with hope and encouragement for the rest of us to reach out and help or get help for these children. Cathy Glass has the courage and love to answer her calling in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book!! Some of the details are disturbing and its crazy how realistically children really do go through the things that jodie went through, but most are not able to explain in detail like she did. Nonetheless i really liked this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would not recommend this book for early teens, at least without adult supervision and discussion, or for people who don't deal well with graphic sexual content and violence, especially if it is directed towards children. I thought the author handled these sequences in the book very professionally but they are what they are- child sexual abuse. The title of the book should be "Destroyed" because this little girl was permanently, irrevocably destroyed - she will never be whole. And what does that say for the neighbors that turned a blind eye or the social service system that didn't follow through as it should have?I have the utmost admiration for most foster caregivers and most social service people. To some it is just a job but to people like the author it is their life's calling, one that I could never do. What amazed me about the story was Cathy's perserverance in keeping Jodie. Sure, a couple of times she admitted to wanting to "send her back." However, she never did so voluntarily, as I feel that many foster parents would have done. Ms. Glass was supremely honest in what she considered to be her shortcomings, but I considered to be her bravery and strength of spirit. If you are faint of heart, be careful reading this heartbreaking story about an 8 year old girl whose life was destroyed and if not for the caring of one woman, would have been condemned to a life of horror forever. I highly recommend this book, Cathy Glass did a wonderful job in telling this tragic true story.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad book about sexualy abused child. Makes you cry and angry same time. You cant stop reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews of this book and I have to say, Cathy Glass is a SAINT! Incredible story of an amazing carer and child! Some of this book were very hard to read, but a good story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was truly a quick read, although, it was not easy emotionally! The fact that these monsters could selfishly and disturbingly hurt a child that they brought into this world, or any child for that matter, is beyond comprehension! I have a 16 month old daughter and 10 year old son, and reading this story just horrifies me!! To think that these horrible monsters could enjoy doing what they did to a child almost as young as my daughter nearly makes me vomit! The sheer reality of the sickness that lives in this world literally makes you never want your children to leave your side!! Thank you Cathy Glass for sharing and most of all thank you to the care giver of Jodie! You and your amazingly acceptant children are a blessing and certainly gifts from God!! Finally, to precious little Jodie...you are a brave and wonderful little girl, and I hope that wherever you are in this cruel world today that you have found peace and hapiness and most of all LOVE! Bless you sweet girl!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a true account of a child in foster care system. While the British terms are sometimes confusing, it helps that your nook allows you to look up terms. The abuse this child suffered boggles the imagination and there are some graphic descriptions given in the child's language. This is a riveting book that will leave you angry, sad, but hopeful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tough book to read knowing that it is based on a true story. Had to stop a time or two to catch my breath. Incredible story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great read of how damaging abuse can affect a person or little ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a sad story. As a foster parent myself it never gets easy to stomach the abuse so many children endure. I learned a lot about how patient the foster mom was with this child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not my typical read, but I am so glad I did. This opened my eyes as to how lucky and fortunate I am. It is a very quick read and interesting too. This is not a topic many people want to think about, but I feel the author did a good job by keeping the emotions involved as well as the facts. A very good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a heart wrenching story that keeps you turning the pages. I am sad that things like this happen but if it weren't for stories like these people would turn a blind eye to situations like this. I liked this book and I am looking forward to reading others buy this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible story. It is very difficult to put down. With every little step forward, there are three steps back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy a true story. Being from the US there were some new terms to pick up but it was a pretty good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written from the eyes of a foster parent. It takes an extremely patient generous person/family to be able to open their heart and home to help these children. Not to graphic but detailed enough that you want to punish the trash that causes such pain. Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a depressing read. However, I kept reading because it was an education regarding abused children. It was also a good look into the foster care system. Cathy Glass definitely has a heart for children, but like I said, this is a Sad Story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline really puts child abuse in perspective from a foster parents voice. Bless Cathy for her love, patience, perseverence, and understanding.