Abusive people enjoy this framing game. They provoke their chosen target for a reaction, then claim it as evidence of mental instability, evil-mindedness, or something else that implies it is the victim who is at fault. Diverting al attention away from their own behavior, the bullies then seek support from others, turning them against their target. It can be devastating for the individual who is ALREADY is suffering from mistreatment to be blamed, slandered, rejected, and isolated, as well. The abusers enjoy the sense of power and control the derives from tormenting with impunity, and the positive attention they get from playing the victim and fishing for sympathy. It is also an effective method of intimidating their target from attempting to speak up and expose the truth.