If a cheater confesses, is that at least better than those that get caught?

Anonymous

I once had a boyfriend that admitted to me the next day. His first words were ''(my name) I really have bad news. I cheated yesterday and feel like a horrible person. You don't deserve this. I'm so sorry''

I thanked him for at least having the guts to come and say it in my face instead of lying and keeping me in the dark. I'm generally harsh on cheater but I actually don't hate him as much as the other cheaters that continue cheating until they get caught.

If they come clean on their own are they at least better than those that get caught?

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I heard from others he sought counseling and hasn't cheated on another girl ever since. That's the only time I've heard of a cheater coming forward and telling me himself.
If a cheater confesses, is that at least better than those that get caught?
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