A group of toxic people who scapegoat can come in different shapes and sizes. They can be church members, a family or even a group of co-workers. A common theme for a toxic group is they don’t want to get to know the real victim. They construct a false image of the victim to justify abusive behaviors. The scapegoat takes the brunt of the collective dysfunction.
Scapegoating is often a way for families to hide problems that they cannot face. The scapegoat is the one most likely to care about and fight for justice within the inherently unfair narcissist family system, defending herself/himself and others often in direct opposition to the narcissist. Making someone the scapegoat is abuse, whether that person is a child or adult.