Target: Louisiana Attorney General Scott Perrilloux
Goal: Investigate the gay hate crimes inflicted on Andrew Sawyer
For months, Andrew Sawyer endured countless sexual and emotional abuses from four of his coworkers at his workplace, the Shaw Group, on account of his homosexuality. He reported the incidents to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office but the four men’s charges were dropped because Louisiana Attorney General Scott Perrilloux stated that Andrew did not attend his own grand jury hearing. Please urge the Louisiana Attorney General to pursue a case against these four men, who deserve to be reprimanded.
Andrew Sawyer’s struggles began long before he entered the workforce with the Shaw Group. He became an orphan at the age of 11. His education and work opportunities were quite limited, which is one of the major reasons why he put up with his coworkers’ constant physical and verbal abuse. At one point, his coworker pulled down his pants and sodomized him with a pen, asking if he enjoyed it. There were many more humiliating (and downright disgusting) instances that no one should experience—in the workplace or anywhere else for that matter.
Finally, Andrew Sawyer reported the incidents to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. He passed two lie detector tests and the four perpetrators were charged with sexual battery and aggravated battery, along with other charges. However, when the case was brought to Louisiana Attorney General Scott Perrilloux, he dropped the charges, stating that Andrew did not show up for his grand jury hearing. Months of sexual abuse—both verbal and physical—were being swept under the rug because of a technicality. In Andrew’s own defense, he announced that he was seeking help from a rape counselor before he proceeded with a trial of such sensitive nature.
Andrew Sawyer eventually quit his job and the four men were fired from the Shaw Group. However, where is the justice behind all those months of gay hate crime that Andrew had to endure? Please urge Louisiana Attorney General Scott Perrilloux to investigate the anti-gay assault on Andrew Sawyer. Andrew should not be reprimanded for his lack of attendance, but those four men should be rightfully punished for their indecent actions.
Dear Louisiana Attorney General Scott Perrilloux,
Andrew Sawyer suffered months of sexual and emotional abuse from four of his coworkers during his time at the Shaw Group. After he finally reported the incidents to the police, he passed two lie detector tests and the four men were charged with various accounts. However, once the case landed into your hands, you dismissed it on the basis that Andrew did not show up for his grand jury hearing.
With more than enough evidence to pursue this horrific case, it seems trivial to dismiss a sexual assault case because of a technicality. Andrew missed his grand jury hearing because he was seeking help from a rape counselor to help him through such a sensitive time in his life. And with a huge trial looming, he needed the guidance of a professional to help him through.
Please do not take away Andrew Sawyer’s right to pursue justice. These four men should be punished for their horrendous actions; Andrew Sawyer should not be punished for his lack of attendance. I urge you to investigate this anti-gay assault on Andrew Sawyer and bring light to male-on-male sexual abuse cases.
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