Damaged by Cathy Glass

Damaged by Cathy Glass

Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child is a true story of an abused child written by Cathy Glass.  Cathy was Jodie’s foster carer and writes about the time she spent with the child.

“This book tells the true story of my relationship with one of these children, an eight-year-old-girl called Jodie.  I was her foster carer, and she was the most disturbed child I had ever looked after.”

I wanted to read this book because I love kids and feel sad when hearing about children child abuse.  The story is heartbreaking, but I like when someone comes into their life and saves them.  I can relate to the child and am always hoping for a happy ending.   It’s been a long time since I have read a book like this.  I used to read them all the time.


Jodie is removed from her home when she is eight years old because of suspected child abuse by her parents.  After being in five carers’ homes within four months, social services calls Cathy Glass to see if she would take Jodie and care for her.  Cathy has been a foster carer for twenty years now and has had success with all her foster children.  The social services surmised that if Cathy can’t help Jodie, then no one could.  Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child is Jodie’s story.

Since fostering agencies suggest that other children in the household should not be in the same age range as the foster child, Cathy’s home would be a perfect fit.  She has three other children at home, two of her own and another foster child.  Adrian, Paula, and Lucy who were all teenagers.  They tried to help out sometimes by playing with Jodie.


Jodie exhibited very challenging behavior the first day.  Soon after arriving at Cathy’s house, she has a violent temper tantrum.  Furthermore, if Jodie doesn’t get her way, she kicks people.  After the social workers leave, Cathy sees that the child had defecated in her pants and then placed her hands on it and spread it over her face.  That night she had cut herself with a knife that she brought from her former caregiver’s house.  She had blood all over her when Cathy found her.  It was and exhausting day

As time went on and the child felt secure and loved, she began revealing hurts and abuses that have happened to her.  Jodie displayed sexual acts with her doll and told Cathy that her daddy did things like that to her.   After two weeks living with Cathy, Jodie was comfortable enough to confide in her some of her dark secrets.



I could not put this book down until I finished it.  Every page revealed more about the horrendous abuse this child had to live through. I had to know if she was alright at the end.  It is a heart-wrenching story, but one that is true for so many children.  Anger raged through me as I was reading the book.  Every page I read, I hoped that Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child would have a happy ending.

If you love Lifetime movies, this book is perfect for you.

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Jodie is an eight-year-old girl who has been sexually abused. Cathy Glass is the only foster carer that may be able to help this damaged child.

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