IN--Notre Dame wins police records lawsuit filed by ESPN, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 16, 2015

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga, California, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), SNAP East Bay Director (925-708-6175[email protected])

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the University of Notre Dame's campus police department is not a "public agency" under Indiana law. The decision means that the school does not have to release information about investigations requested by sports media company ESPN.

We here at SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are concerned that this ruling will make it harder, not easier, to expose sex crimes committed on the campuses of private universities, and we hope that Indiana lawmakers will immediately get to work to close this loophole in the Access to Public Records law. College students will be safer if private schools cannot hide information about campus police investigations from the public. 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003[email protected]), David Clohessy (314-566-9790

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