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      From victim to survivor

      An author spoke at Northern Michigan University Tuesday evening about his childhood fight for survival against an alcoholic mother and abuse, including torture, rape, and even prostitution.

      The event was held by the Women's Center for October's Domestic Violence Awareness month.

      Abuse prevention and treatment advocate and author Gregg Milligan came and spoke about his recently published book called â??God Must Be Sleepingâ??.

      The book tells Milliganâ??s story from a horrific childhood, how he eventually received treatment, and how he didnâ??t let it stop him from having a fully functional life. He hopes his story will encourage other victims to speak out against the issue.

      "Be more open and honest about it," said Milligan. "Get away from the victim mentality and more towards a survivor mentality."

      Milligan is donating all proceeds from the book to non-profits, like the Womenâ??s Center, fighting domestic violence.