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trying1 posted 1/9/2014 15:07 PM

WH asked me how he should respond. One of his friends had a ONS. He is married with kids. He is not very happy with his wife. H wanted to know what I thought he should do.

At first, I honestly didn't know. I don't want another person to have to walk through this hell. BUT, here's what I think...please let me know your thoughts.

His friend needs to tell his wife what happened. Yes he could get away with it, but nothing changes (not to mention all the risks). If he doesn't tell her, even if he gets away with it nothing changes...he likely continues his selfish risky behavior and they stay unhappy with each other. They may be able to work through it, but she deserves to be part of that decision.

Any thoughts. - WS comments welcome.

karmahappens posted 1/9/2014 15:35 PM

Did this friend boast to your H or confide because he feels guilty?

When the "friend" tells his wife I would open up the lines of communication and direct her right here....

If the friend says he won't tell his wife....well,then I would. She needs to be tested for STD's at the very least and she should be able to live her own truth.

(((hugs))) it sucks

steadfast1973 posted 1/9/2014 15:35 PM

I agree.

RegretfulHusband posted 1/9/2014 15:48 PM

Also agree with Karma - his attitude in telling your husband is key here.

If he is regretful, he should definitely tell. I am in the exact same position as he is (i.e., married with kids).

I had my issues, and I confessed to my wife - albeit with TT.

I never told my friends about what happened, so there is no risk there, but I just couldn't hold it in.

There are those on here who will tell you that they don't have to tell. I don't disagree with them - each situation is unique and different, but given my situation, I will ALWAYS recommend telling the truth.

Even if it's telling the truth about something shitty, you're already becoming a better person by owning it and not hiding anymore.

Good luck.

Skan posted 1/9/2014 17:51 PM

Upon finding out something like this, my feeling is that there is only one answer. To tell the WH that either he tells his wife or I will. And if I have to do it, then this friendship is over. But if he tells his wife, I will try to be there for both of them.

Flourgirl posted 1/9/2014 18:07 PM

Years before my husbands A my good friend cheated on her H. She was so excited about this amazing thing happening to her. I was sick. I told her either she tells him or I will. She begged me not to but I knew she crossed a line. She told him and they got a D. Months later she got pregnant by a different guy who she married and has cheated on her multiple times. After being a BS I am so glad I forced her to tell H. He actually wanted to work things out with her but she didn't want it. Now she wishes she was still with him. She has " found God" and refuses to leave her cheating spouse. She thinks divorce is a sin and she has it coming. You have to tell the BS so she can protect herself from STD's if nothing else.

BrokenMomof2 posted 1/9/2014 18:17 PM

I agree with everyone, she needs to know. I hope he is able to tell her.

sisoon posted 1/9/2014 18:23 PM

I'd like to think I'd tell the guy to tell his W by such and such date or I'll tell her. Then I'd start praying he tells her. If he didn't, I'd hope I'd spill the beans - his W deserves to know.

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