That's what binge drinking does. A friend testified that they had shared at least half a bottle of vodka.
The two boys convicted of rape told the court their sexual encounters were consensual. The videos, texts and tweets told another story.
The girl testified, tearfully, for hours. But she had to rely on texts and videos — of boys manhandling her naked — because she had no memory of what happened.
It's possible that the boys who assaulted her and the teenagers who watched and joked about it are soul-less kids who didn't care about the victim. But it's also possible that they are self-centered, impulsive and ignorant about the difference between sleazy and illegal.
During trial, there were boys who told the judge they didn't know that what they had witnessed was rape.
If that is true, it reflects the sort of confusion that suggests we adults have work to do.
For a long time we've relied on the slogan "No means No" to empower girls and let boys know that it's not OK to talk your way to consent.
But when 10th-graders are routinely getting too drunk to resist, then we need to add a message to that lesson: It's against the law to have sexual relations with a person who is too intoxicated to agree. If you think she's had too much to drink, then you'd better back off.
We have to impress upon our sons and daughters the dangers of binge drinking, which has become the norm at too many high school parties. But first we have to face the reality that these are not the keggers of our youth. There are more ways than before to get wasted.
And dozens of people with cellphones ready to record it.
Investigators are not done with the Steubenville case. Before the trial they seized 15 cellphones, sifted through hundreds of thousands of videos and texts and interviewed 60 people. Now they plan to use a grand jury to bring more indictments.
But beyond the legal maneuvering and punishment after the fact, more needs to happen in homes and schools to keep teenagers on the right track.
We need to make this an object lesson, and not just about what happens when you cross the line and sex becomes a crime. But what can happen when you get so drunk that you have to rely on texts and tweets to know what happened to you the night before.