PRESS RELEASE: Family Seeks Accountability From West End Church Over Child’s Sex Abuse During Summer Camp

March 16, 2021


Beasley Allen Atlanta and Lamar Law Office represent the family and encourage other victims to come forward.

ATLANTA (March 16, 2021) – Beasley Allen Atlanta’s Donovan Potter Sr. and Anita Lamar of the Lamar Law Office represent the family of a minor child who alleges Jared Watson, an employee of Atlanta West End Seventh Day Adventist Church, sexually abused the child who was attending the church’s summer camp in 2018. The victim was 8 years old at the time of the alleged incidences, which continued over two months that summer.

“Our client’s child suffered heinous acts in what is one of the most egregious abuses of power, and we understand no one answered the victim’s pleas for help,” Potter Sr. said. “There are certain institutions in our country, like churches, that we deem automatically trustworthy. When people exploit this trust, as we believe happened with our client’s child, they deserve the full extent of criminal punishment and also should pay for the physical injuries and emotional trauma that often haunt sex abuse victims for the rest of their lives.”

The Atlanta Police Department arrested Watson last week and he is being charged with sexual battery, cruelty to children, sexual assault, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and child molestation. APD is investigating two other males employed by the church who may have been involved or failed to protect the child from the alleged perpetrator.

“This brave, young child dared to speak out, and we will stand beside this family,” Lamar said. “The victim is now undergoing counseling for the trauma that has caused depression and suicidal thoughts. We will help our client find answers and work to hold accountable all the adults who failed this child. This situation is unimaginable, and we hope our efforts will encourage other victims to come forward.”

The firms will continue investigating the incidences along with the APD.


About Lamar Law Office

Lamar Law Office, LLC is a top-rated law office that provides premier client-centered legal care in the metro Atlanta area and throughout the state of Georgia. With more than 150 lawsuits filed and over a decade of experience, Attorney Anita Lamar and her team deliver quality success to its clients with every case. Lamar Law Office, LLC is most sought after for its ‘We Care’ brand while consistently prioritizing clients’ needs when fighting for justice. From car accidents to medical malpractice, Lamar Law Office has mastered its balance of being small enough to provide individualized care to clients but large enough to deliver the settlement clients deserve.

Owner and founder Attorney Anita Lamar Esq. is an Atlanta native with a proven track record of generating momentum in cases to get the desired outcome. Living out the ‘We Care’ brand goes beyond the courtroom for Attorney Lamar. She believes in giving back to her community through service and volunteer work. In addition to several professional achievements, Attorney Lamar is an active member of the Tucker Business Association and Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and has served as a volunteer for the Georgia Legal Services Program and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Most importantly, she believes everyone, rich or poor, deserves quality legal care that has their interests protected.

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