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Damaged Hardcover – 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 309 pages
  • Publisher: HARPER ELEMENT (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007790651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007790654
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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cathy glass has fostered over 50 children over 20 years but non of them had been as disturbed as jodie,a troubled eight year old whose violence and aggression had seen off five foster carers in just four months.when jodie arrived cathy had no idea what lay beneath jodies shocking behaviour,which included smearing faeces all over the house,errupting into violent rages and even cutting herself.little by little,as jodie's rage was met with patience and understanding,she began to trust cathy,and to confide the dreadful background which has led to her present torment. jodie's childhood had been an appalling litany of mistreatment and neglect,which should have alerted the numerous social work professionals involved with her case.jodie's case file was so big it filled two suitcases,but apparently not one of her social workers had ever read the entire file.if they had ,jodie's story and her future might have been vert different.fin ally,in cathy,jodie found one adult worthy of her trust,one who could help her begin the process of recovery.


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This book is not for the feint hearted; it broke my heart, poor poor Jodie. This child has suffered at the hands of monsters. Cathy is a saint, she went above and beyond the realms of a foster carer. She is truly and angel sent to care for "damaged" children. This book is adictive for all the wrong reasons; the things this child has suffered is beyond comprehension. This is an increadiby good book but only read it if you feel strong enough too; I feel this book could evoke strong memories for people who have been in a similar situation as Jodie. It makes me appreciate everything I am and greatful that I was brought up in a kind loving family. A very very good read but shocking and heart breaking.
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I've read a fair amount of memoirs, there's a lot about now. But this is the first book i have felt compelled to write about, i finished this book in 2 days!!
This book is different in the way that it's written and the angle for which it's written. It is captivating, heartbreaking, and so insightful it would either convince you to become a foster carer or put you off for life.
A truly insperational book, not only for the victim but also for those who truly cared about her.
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Beautifully written book about fostering a VERY challenging child. Cathy Glass comes across as a very caring and remarkable women who was willing to take on a child that others had written off.

As the child called Jodie reveals the true extent of her abuse to her foster carer Cathy, it is truly a disturbing read and thank god Cathy stuck by Jodie and supported her in a positive way unlike her Social Worker who is heavily criticised.

Unfortunately the happy ending the reader will wish for Jodie does not materialise and the end of the book is heartbreaking.

Well done to Cathy for bringing Jodie's case to the public eye. It only takes one person like Cathy to make a difference to an abused child's life.

HEARTBREAKING BUT A MUST READ
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There are a lot of books out there that tell the story of how children are wrongly abused and I have read the reviews on these books. In each different review I read how it made that particular person cry but yet I never did. However when reading Damaged there was a number of occasions when I couldn't stop myself from crying. I read this book in just under three days as I'm sure most people do when they read it. Cathy writes in a way that you feel as if your there with Jodie when she finally opens up about something that happened to her. You feel as if your there calming Jodie down after one of her heartbreaking fits.
Unlike other authors Cathy tells you about Jodie's progress as she grows up and its in that last chapter that I cried the most. If ever I was to be inspired to become a foster carer then this book would be my inspiration!
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as a mother to 3 children and a person who did suffer child abuse as a young child myself, this was a very difficult read and yet, therapeutic in some ways. admiration is not the word for how i feel about Cathy Glass, and women like her who devote their souls, never mind their time and energy to children like Jodie, and i understand some of the feelings expressed ina very real and existent way. when are the social services and the government going to get up and realise that this is what is wrong with society today, family life is breaking down and no body seems to notice. Jodie wherever u are, i hope that your soul is in one piece. heartfelt appreciation to you and Cathy for allowing your story in the public domain where it may save another hurting childs life.
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This outstanding book should be read by anyone considering fostering children and by professionals who work with children who have suffered traumatic early experiences. Single handedly, Cathy Glass takes on the difficult task of fostering "Jodie", a young girl whose deep emotional distress shows itself through her destructive behaviour towards herself and others. It demonstrates clearly the difficulties faced by foster parents, and the inordinate amount of patience and empathy required to help children whose childhoods have been destroyed by child abuse. I have read many books on the subject of child abuse and self-harm, none of which have touched me as profoundly as this one. It brought tears to my eyes on numerous occasions. Congratulations Cathy on writing so sensitively about a tricky subject, and well done to your other children for their caring - they are a real credit to you and your courage. Lastly, my heart goes out to "Jodie" an amazing and brave little girl.

Jan Sutton (author of Healing the Hurt Within: Understand Self-Injury and Self-Harm, and Heal the Emotional Wounds and SIARI (Self-Injury and Related Issues) website: [...]
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I started this book on the Saturday morning and by Sunday afternoon i had finished it. I couldnt put it down. This a truly harrowing story of one little girls survival from sexual abuse and the way in which this has effected her daily life. Cathy talks about Jodies stuggle to come to terms with what has happened to her, the awful behaviour that Jodie showed and the stuggle that Jodie had with a split personality disorder. Cathy shows that these children really do need help and that social services are very slow to act on the information that they have to hand. The fact that Jodie had been in and out of hospital since she was a baby and that not one of her social workers read through the two suitcases of notes about her case is absolutley awful. I am full of admiration for Cathy taking on this little girl and showing her the love, affection and care that she so desperatley needed.
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