It was hard. It felt like it took forever, but probably only took an hour or an hour and a half. It mostly involved me talking, with the State Police Special Victim's Unit detective interrupting with questions to clarify what I was saying.
I had to start at the beginning, the first incident of abuse, and explain in detail what happened to the best of my recollection. Of course there were things I didn't know because I was five when it happened. I didn't know the exact date, or the time of day. I did remember how old I was, and what was on television while he was abusing me. That was enough for them. The hardest part for me was specifically naming what he did to me. I had to name body parts and describe acts that made me ill to have to think about. I reminded myself it would be over soon. I felt detached as I spoke, but I got through it.
The detective I spoke with was a woman, which allowed me to feel as comfortable as possible. She was kind and professional. She did not try to deter me from reporting, nor did she tell me it was my obligation to take this as far as I could. She was there, she was supportive, and she did her job. When I was leaving she gave me a card with her number on it and told me to call anytime if I had any questions.
I left the detective, went home, and took a nap. I was honestly exhausted after reporting. I tried not to think about it.