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Sunday Confessional: I Took Revenge

A year ago I started dating a guy I met through a work conference. He was living across the country, but was in the process of transferring to my office for a promotion. We immediately fell for each other and decided to deal with the long distance for a few months before we could be together. During that time we kept things alive by doing a lot of online flirting — he even sent me some naked pictures of himself.

Due to the nature of our company, we decided to keep our relationship quiet even after his move. As it turned out, he was in another online relationship with an ex-girlfriend. I didn't figure this out until nine months later, after we had already discussed moving in together and making our relationship public. Fortunately we didn't, and I promptly dumped him for his betrayal — he didn't even seem to feel bad. I was heartbroken and decided to get back at him.

I created a fake email account, took one of the particularly unflattering nude pictures that he had sent me, and forwarded it to every person I could think of in our industry. When I came into the office the next day, the rumors had already started. Obviously I received a nasty response from my ex, but I just ignored it. In a few days the whole thing drifted away and for a moment, I felt satisfied, but then I found out that his boss had demoted him and was sending him back to his old office. Now that the consequences of my actions are clear, I feel torn. Can I ever be forgiven for this?


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