"Nobody knew the truth. For all those years while people judged me, I protected those closest to me. Now it’s time for the real story to be told. It’s time for healing and forgiveness."
Tressa Middleton made UK history when she became Britain’s youngest mom in 2006, aged just 12 years and 8 months. Her case provoked shock and outrage—but the truth behind the headlines was far sadder than anyone could ever have imagined. Born into a life of poverty and neglect, Tressa was forced to grow up fast when she was taken into care at just four years old. She was returned to her mother’s chaotic world, but by the age of seven, she was being abused by her own brother, and at 11 years old she fell pregnant with his child. For years she kept his dark secret in an attempt to hold her family together, until the truth threatened to destroy her completely. In the years since the birth, Tressa has gone through more pain and turmoil than most adults experience in a lifetime—yet today she survives a brave, strong, and compassionate young woman. Now, for the first time, Tressa Middleton tells her own harrowing yet poignant story—a story of hope, forgiveness, and above all, love.