The man preyed on by jailed former Anglican dean of Newcastle Graeme Lawrence when he was 15 just wanted to be believed when he revealed his terrible 25-year secret to his wife.
Ben Giggins on Thursday urged other victims of child sex abuse to come forward, saying Lawrence's eight-year jail sentence showed authorities were now prepared to act.
"It gives me closure due to the fact I'm believed," Mr Giggins said outside court.
Newcastle Anglican Bishop Dr Peter Stuart said Mr Giggins - who asked for the suppression order on his name to be lifted so he could speak out - was "an amazingly courageous man".
He said the church regretted what Lawrence had done to him.
Detective Sergeant Jeff Little said the 77-year-old was no longer Graeme Wilson OAM but Graeme Wilson CP for "convicted paedophile".
Lawrence - the second-highest Australian clergyman to be found guilty of child sex abuse after Catholic cardinal George Pell - was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 1998 for services to the community.
Newcastle District Court Judge Tim Gartelmann on Thursday jailed Lawrence for eight years with a minimum term of four-and-a-half years after finding him guilty of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.
Judge Gartelmann said Lawrence had abused his position of trust in the church.
He said the impact of the abuse on Mr Giggins had been profound particularly as he was at a sensitive stage of his development when Lawrence preyed on him.
Lawrence attacked his victim at his home, known as the Deanery, next to Newcastle's Christ Church Cathedral.
Mr Giggins, who was in year 10, had been packing up equipment at the cathedral when Lawrence invited him to a group gathering.
But he said there was no one else at the Deanery when Lawrence took him into a room with framed photos of naked boys on the walls.
Lawrence asked the 15-year-old if he liked the photos and the teenager said "No". Lawrence then sexually assaulted him.
Mr Giggins said he was shaking and scared when he pleaded with Lawrence to stop but Lawrence kept telling him: "Just relax, it's OK."
Lawrence later told the boy: "Don't bother telling anyone. You're just a boy and I'm the dean. No one will believe you."
The 15-year-old fled the room, wiped his tears away and asked his mother to take him home.
He was bleeding when he showered and felt dirty no matter how long he washed.
He then got into his pyjamas, cried himself to sleep, went to school the next day and never told anyone about what happened until he confided to his wife in 2016.
Lawrence was arrested after police received a referral in 2016 from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
He was defrocked by the Anglican Church in 2012 after child sex allegations were raised against four priests including Lawrence.
Australian Associated Press