To understand Pa. battle over clergy sex-abuse victims law, look to Delaware

By Maria Panaritis                    June 6, 2016       

What happened to his son remains so seared in his memory that when he talks about it, Thomas Conaty speaks as though he is still the young father of a grade-school boy.

“Let me tell you briefly about Matty,” said Conaty, a 74-year-old dentist. “Matty is the guy that made things happen here.”

Matthias Conaty was 9 when he was sexually abused by a chaplain at St. Edmund’s Academy in Wilmington. Conaty’s son stayed mum about it for years. But the boy had grit, his father said, later earning two degrees, getting married, having two kids.

In 2002, he told his parents about the abuse. And what was initially despair gave way to a bedrock determination to change the law for child sex-abuse victim.

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