I am happy you are finding support. Reporting can be difficult and trying experience. I reported to the parish and diocese my abuse and I was received with compassion and understanding. Legally I have little options, civilly or criminally--the statutes of limitations have expired and criminal or civil charges cannot be brought forward. The Diocese wanted me to do something, file a formal grievance with them or report to a Hotline run by the State Police Department. I chose the latter, it was done anonymously. Due to the legal limitations all the police are able to do is monitor him to ensure he is not working with children.
For me the closest to a jury would be the Tribunal conducted by the Diocese. It is somewhat slanted in their favor. I spoke to those that went through the Tribunal and none found it helped them heal and for some set them back. I decided to use the alternative option, the Hotline.00000
I hope you have more legal options than I. I also hope you talk to others who have gone through the legal process so you can prepare yourself for what may be thrown at you. I think all the bas***ds should be locked up and the key thrown away. But sadly many of these abusers find support from their parishioners, families, friends despite their lack of specific knowledge of what occurred. Each time a victim is re-victimized by these supporters or those who deny CSA, it is a sign of support and acceptance of the abuse perpetrated by the abuser-and another element of abuse for the victim
Only you can decide how you move forward. It will be the right decision for you and do not second guess yourself.
I wish you well and remember we are here to support and help you on your journey. Lean on your supporters.