In Stunned Silence: A Poem for Male Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

In stunned silence,
How could this be?
How could a thing like this happen to me?

I am…
Not a child.
I am…
Not a female.
And I am strong.

And yet it happened,
To me.

I, want to scream,
I, want to cry,
I, want to be angry.

And yet I sit here…
In stunned silence.

Please believe me,
Please ask me,
Please help me,
Break the stunned silence.

I am,
A strong male.

I am,
6’2″, 184 pounds.

I have,
Forty four percent muscle mass.

And yet I cannot speak,
Silenced by others,
Quieted by disbelief,
Laughed at,
By those who do not care.

But I must say something,
Because I deserve to heal,

And I no longer want to be in…
Stunned silence.

Written by Amy Marschak

I see men who are victims of sexual abuse sometimes silenced by our society and I wanted to speak up. So I wrote this poem for male survivors of sexual assault. All survivors deserve to heal.  I have more ideas for healing from sexual abuse at and a great resource for male survivors is at

I am an Improv Poet, who has been writing poetry and acting since I was a little girl. You can find more of my written poems at (and in my book “Poetry for All Those Breathing”) and my improv poems at


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