The victims of Kang Ji Hwan are taking legal action to protect themselves from experiencing secondary victimization.
Following the actor's admittance to the sexual assault charges, representatives of the two female victims have filed lawsuit against netizens who have made malicious comments online. Numbering up to about thirty individuals, these anonymous netizens had allegedly left derogatory messages pertaining to defamation of character and sexual harassment.
Since the victims had first sought help from their friends and acquaintances, without the help of the police, victimization had quickly spread online, eventually reaching the victims. In order to protect the anonymity of the victims themselves, their representatives have filed the lawsuit as a whole on their behalf.