Jacquelyn was 11 when she told a teacher that her mother’s live-in boyfriend, Deon Welch, had been raping her on a regular basis. The teacher contacted Riverside County child protective services (CPS), as required by law. A Riverside County social worker and Hemet police found Jacquelyn’s accusation to be credible and sought to interview Welch, but they were told by the girl’s mother (who has limited intellectual capacity) that he had moved to Mexico. The investigation was closed, with the social worker reporting that Jacquelyn’s allegations were “inconclusive.” Four months later, a different Riverside County social worker learned that Welch was back in the home, but did not notify police or do anything to protect Jacquelyn; in fact, the County social worker asked Welch to sign a “safety plan” as one of Jacquelyn’s “caregivers” and requested that he supervise the children in the mother’s absence. As a result, Welch was emboldened to continue the abuse, and Jacquelyn’s mother continued to falsely believe that Jacquelyn was safe living with Welch. The sexual abuse continued, and when Jacquelyn was 13, she became pregnant; blood tests determined Welch was the father. Jacquelyn gave birth at 14, and the child was placed for adoption. Faced with overwhelming evidence of ongoing sexual abuse and severe neglect, the County CPS office had done nothing to try to remove Welch from the home, to alert Hemet police of his whereabouts or to protect Jacquelyn. Welch was able to avoid arrest until after he had impregnated Jacquelyn, more than two years after the initial report made by the teacher. A settlement, believed to be the highest ever for a single victim of sexual abuse in California, compensated Jacquelyn for her horrible abuse and led to significant changes within the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, including the resignation of its director.