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Would you tell?(85 Posts)
If you know a man is cheating on his partner of 10+years. You know its been going on for about a year. You don't know his partner but you can get her email/phone number. Would you tell her? If you were the partner would you want someone to tell you?
That's ok darkest you sound like you're stuck in a horrible situation. I hope things can get better for you
I would tell because I think adulterers are cowards who deserve to be found out.
So what if the adulterer knows it was you - if you plan to leave in a few months time?
The only thing I would make sure of though is that, when you do contact his long-term partner, you better give her information that will give her bomb-proof proof that what you're saying is true. Give the name/contact number of the OW if you have it. Give dates and place details of where they have been together if you have them.
I mean, don't drip-feed info when you do make the disclosure so that you end up in a dialogue with her. Just give her the info she needs and step out of the picture.
She may just choose to ignore the evidence. But at least she is being put in the picture and getting a choice in the matter.
Don't listen to anyone here who tells you to mind your own business. What this man is doing is wrong. He shouldn't get away with it.
And listen to the ones who are saying "I wish someone had told me"
And what about the points AndTheBandPlayedOn raises?
How can the OP guarantee that the wife is mentally stable enough to handle the revelation?
How could the OP guarantee, for that matter, that the wife isn't abusive and the husband engaged in an exit affair because he's been hideously ground down over the years. (Yes, I'm aware that more men than women are domestically abusive, but it's not completely unheard of for a woman to be a horrible person and a spousal abuser - the point is that the OP *doesn't know*).
I would have sympathy with someone agonizing over whether to tell when both husband and wife are friends, etc, but there's nothing altruistic about sticking your beak into a situation that you know nothing about.
Also, OP, if you are as self-righteous and meddling as your posts suggest, there's always the possibility that you've been set up with a false story so people can have conculsive proof that you are a stirrer.
This man is more than likely maintaining the status quo because he gains from it in some way.
Don't let him have his cake and eat it!
Get him to face up to the consequences of his actions (because he is the only one in the wrong IMO. I never blame the OW in this scenario)
Try and give this poor deceived woman some of her dignity back.
She doesn't have to use the info you give her if she doesn't want to. But at least the knowledge would give her some choice in the matter.
Cowardly, disingenuous, ruthlessly unself-aware...
I mean the OP, btw
('I'm friends with him at work' - so you like having your cake and eating it)
('Thinking of sending an anonymous email' - so not only would the poor woman have to cope with the infidelity, she'd have to cope with some stranger out there, lobbing a hand grenade in a room and then running off to tell her friends with significant looks how 'she just had to do it to be helpful)
Wow, didn't realise I felt that strongly. And I've been cheated on.
BTW, I guessed it was happening myself. We always do. We don't need someone else to do it.
Ok, I can lie down now.
There are three people involved in the situation, two know what they are doing - one might not. When you throw a fourth in there who has no real connection you bring another set of dynamics - why would you join in? whats your motive? the wife will always want to know how many more of you are out there knowing this about her life. Wife may or may not have her suspicions; wife may or may not find out; the law of natural process works best IMO and enables the people involved to take the full consequences and choices. Dont get into it as theres no guarantee it will go the way you think it will and once you press the send button you cant do anything else to change the course of events or shape what happens - do you really want that responsibility? What ever has happened to you that was your life and a completely different situation - they look similar but thats it. You cant change what happened to you by involving yourself in someone elses life and you cant help her because you dont actually know her.
I've got a real sense off a car crash happening here. Whether or not you agree with the people here saying keep out, OP, you might out of self-interest consider that there will be many people in real life who will take a very dim, or at least a bemused, view of anyone acting like this.
The wronged woman is not your friend so it seems like the motivation for telling would not be concern for her personally but a wish to punish him - on whose behalf? All of the wronged partners in history? Those on this thread? (Which would include me, but it wouldn't do me any good or give me any satisfaction for this to happen.)
As others have said, you will be judged in RL by those on both sides in this thread. And while I am definitely not an expert, he might well - if it's all blown up anyway and once everyone knows - think about complaining to HR, who might take a much more formally dim view.
It's a horrible thing to know, and I really dislike the selfishness of people carrying on and burdening colleagues and others with a secret. It might help to tell someone completely separate - a friend outside work or a family member? As long as you're sure it won't dredge something awful up to do so.
SGB: "...the possibility that you've been set up with a false story so people can have conculsive proof..." This could very well be the foundation of what is going on here. I do believe that the "at work" element here is pivotal.
Just curious, WouldYouTell, does anyone else at work know about it? If they aren't talking, isn't that a clue to you that this is out of bounds? No one likes a tattle tale and consequences to whistle blowers are generally not fairytales.
As an aside, my sister was "set up" at her place of employment. Her self-absorbed (edit other adjectives) nature can be irritating. Someone (a senior man in her dept) told her that if a sibling was pregnant (moi at age 45, married, third child) and their parents were deceased (they are), that the employee could take maternity leave to assist the sibling.
Without asking me, she informed me that she put in the paperwork to HR to do this. I was too shocked to say anything and relied on HR to turn her down...and they did. She was so sure of her entitlement that she insisted they reprocess the paperwork a second time. There she was, applying for maternity leave even though she was not pregnant. She fell for it hook, line and sinker, didn't she?
The unintended consequence for her was that it was the point of "enough is enough" for me in my relationship with her and her incessant campaign to diminish me. (That is probably why she was so oblivious to the dynamic at work.) I have not seen her in 5 years, such a relief.
Also, OP, the fact that you don't have this woman's address 'but could get'. DOes that mean you are going to snoop through the man's computer, addressbook and phone? Or his personnel records? DO you not think that the act of snooping would be a disciplinary offence in itself? And if you were then to say that your reason for snooping was to rat him out about his sex life - you would be rendering yourself damn near unemployable, as no one wants a work colleague so self-righteous and disrespectful of other people's privacy.
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