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

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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    • Brittiany Bidondo SPOKANE, WA
      • about 15 hours 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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    • Amanda Beyersdorf GREEN BAY, WI
      • 7 days ago

      You do not deserve this! Stay strong & continue to be an inspiration to anyone who has survived any type of sexual abuse, including myself! Sending love, prayers & positive vibes your way!!

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    • Destiny Herron COLUMBUS, MS
      • 27 days ago

      I'm bisexual and my aunt is gay. But it doesn't matter wrong is wrong whether he's gay or straight. Sure straight men are usually homophobic but its no reason to abuse someone emotionally or physically its hard enough going through the struggle of possibly liking your same sex.

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    • Richard Hutchison NASHVILLE, TN
      • about 1 month ago

      Men whether gay or straight should be protected under the law from any kind of sexual harassment in or out of the workplace.

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    • Loice allen BATON ROUGE, LA
      • about 1 month ago

      I actually experienced the hurt and pain and fear andrew went through with this may justice be done in this case

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