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What type of verbal abuse are you referring to -- sexual harassment, threats, etc.?
If this was not a harassment/threat situation, then you'd be looking at a civil issue -- and not a criminal one. That said, the statute of limitations for the employer to take action can be years.....so you're well within the timeframe that something could be done.
So, you're likely best served to consult a lawyer and discuss what occurred -- at the least -- and decide whether or not th lawyer should accompany you to the meeting or not.
If your employer has policies and procedures about reporting issues and dealing with grievances, that would set your parameters for how long the employer would have to take action.
Also, the employer would have the ability to pursue this internally with a statement from others.....unless the policies and procedures provide something else.
Thus, much of how this will occur and unfold depends on what the company policies require.