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This article claims:

Every year, an estimated 1 million people are date raped, and many of them are victims of date-rape drugs, potent mixtures that disrupt the central nervous system.

I suspect the "article" appears to be more advertisement for the brand and company than actual article but it is being linked from The DrudgeReport today as though it were actual news.

Is the claim of 1 million date rapes backed up by any reputable studies? I am not interested so much in the definition of date rape so much as seeing that the company has done more than pulling a nice round number out of there air and using it for the claim. I am doubly dubious since the apparent reference to the claim on the article links to the home page of the company making the product.

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Answers should probably be clear about exactly what definition of "date rape" is being used. Claims based on some pretty questionable definitions sometime float about. –  dmckee Dec 11 '12 at 20:22
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What @dmckee said. This question is in strong need of definining what "date rape" is. And any answer worth its salt should really analyze how many reports are false (e.g. revenge, post-sex regrets, other reasons for false accusations). –  DVK Dec 11 '12 at 20:35
    
@DVK - I agree that it needs to be defined... I would even be ameniable to a study that took the broadest definition of the term. This seems like an example of "hey here is a nice round number we can use" to make it seem like the problem is large enough to warrant backing the development of our product to market. I smell venture capital bait all over this. –  Chad Dec 11 '12 at 21:01
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Alcohol is the #1 date-rape drug... –  Sam I Am Dec 12 '12 at 4:31
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Is the figure supposed to be world-wide, or specific to a certain country? If it were for a specific country, we could work out if date rape according to this claim would account for more rape victims than there are total rape victims. –  Andrew Grimm Dec 12 '12 at 6:58

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