Louisiana Attorney General and US DOJ: Investigate brutal anti-gay assault on Andrew Sawyer at Shaw Group
  • Petitioned James "Buddy" Caldwell

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Louisiana Attorney General
James "Buddy" Caldwell
Louisiana Attorney General Office
Investigative Division
Director of Criminal Division, Louisiana Attorney General Office
Kuri Wall'
Assistant Attorney General for DOJ Civil Rights Division
Thomas E. Perez
Special Agent in Charge. FBI New Orleans Division
Michael J. Anderson

Louisiana Attorney General and US DOJ: Investigate brutal anti-gay assault on Andrew Sawyer at Shaw Group

    1. Petition by

      Andrew Sawyer

May 2014


After more than 150,000 people joined Andrew's campaign to call on the Department of Justice to investigate the anti-gay sexual abuse he endured at the hands of his coworkers at the Shaw Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Department of Justice conducted a criminal investigation into the crime.

While working at the Shaw Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I was sexually assaulted by four male co-workers who perceived that I was gay. But the District Attorney's office has refused to take the case. I believe this is because they don’t take male-on-male sexual assault seriously. Now, I’m calling for a state and federal investigation to hold my abusers accountable and prevent this from happening to anyone else.

The abuse started almost immediately at Shaw Group. They started bullying me by calling me names like “Skittles” and “sweet cheeks” and poured water down my pants. But things escalated to physical abuse on multiple occasions. At one point, they tied me up with electrical tape and another time they sodomized me with a ballpoint pen.

Working at Shaw was a great opportunity for me. I’m an orphan and I work hard to provide a better life for me and my younger brothers. I don’t have many options for work, so I put up with the abuse from my co-workers. I never thought getting this job that I would have to endure this.

When I finally had enough of the abuse, I went to the police. The four men were charged, but the District Attorney refused to take the case because I was unable to appear before a Grand Jury in August. I was only given two days notice before the hearing and my request for a delay so I could speak with a rape therapist before having to speak publicly about what happened to me was denied.

I’m calling on my Attorney General in Louisiana, Buddy Caldwell, and Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for DOJ Civil Rights Division, to investigate the case. I know they’ll find the truth.

Talking about what happened to me isn’t easy. But I know that somewhere, someone else is going through the same thing.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jason Knight HAW RIVER, NC
      • 6 months ago

      Andrew, I hope things work in your favor. There is no time or place when it is okay for anyone to abuse and or assault any individual for any reason. This is Political Injustice. Had it been a woman these guys would be in prison. You are young and have a long life ahead, do not allow these thugs to rule your conscience.

      • 6 months ago

      this is messed up. We need to stand up to bullying.

    • Chris Hill NEWARK, CA
      • 6 months ago

      I had a female sexually assault me at work a few years ago and the president of the company laughed and even teased me about it. I had to leave that company however this type of behavior shouldn't be allowed and the people doing this stuff should be charged. I wish you the best young man.

    • Muzzammil Mehdi RESTON, VA
      • 6 months ago

      This is just wrong.

    • Brittiany Bidondo SPOKANE, WA
      • 6 months ago

      This behavior is absolutely unacceptable! I hope the men responsible face jail time and are made to endure some of the hurt they inflicted on this individual.


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