Boy, 10, slept with knife under pillow to stop sex attacks from paedo father

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A brave sexual abuse survivor has told of how he was forced to sleep with a kitchen knife under his pillow to ward off attacks from his evil paedophile father.

Johnandrew Ballantyne was just 10-years-old when he suffered four years of horrific abuse from twisted dad John Ballantyne between 1987 and 1991.

The convicted sex offender, now aged 60, had subjected his son and many other victims to terror before he was put behind bars last month, reports the Daily Record.

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His heinous attacks took place between 1977 and 2018 and he targeted both men and women, from the ages of five up into adulthood.

Johnandrew, now 41, has waived his right to anonymity to let men who were sexually abused know they are not alone and there is help available.

The heroic survivor told the Sunday Mail: “I hadn’t seen my dad for years but was aware he wasn’t yet an old man and I was certain he would still have access to children.

“I’d seen him attacking others and thought I had a duty to try to stop him creating other victims, so I went to the police.”

Although Johnandrew never used the knife he kept under his pillow on his father. He explained: “The only time I ever had enough time to get the knife out was when someone else was larking about and gave me a fright.

“I could have hurt them with it but luckily I realised it was them before it was too late.”

The Lanarkshire dad-of-two said how when cops went to arrest Ballantyne, he claimed he was sick and couldn’t leave bed before jetting off to a five-star resort in Mexico.

He was later sentenced to 12 years in prison with a further four years on licence and is also subject to sex offender registration requirements.

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Johnandrew added: “He got away with it for more than four decades, so the jail time doesn’t really reflect that – but at least he can’t abuse anyone while he’s locked up and maybe he won’t walk out of prison.

“I wasn’t sure what was available for men who had been sexually abused as children.

“But I heard about the Moira Anderson Foundation, got in touch and it has been a massive help to me and my family in dealing with my abuse.”

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website,


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